- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Willoughby and Hieronymus, aka Willie and Harry, are the newest members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s “Fe-9” (FEE’-nine) corps.

The new cop cats Willie and Harry started work Wednesday and replace Nacho, an orange tabby that disappeared two months ago from the barn where the Metro Division keeps its mounted horses.

Horse keeper Nobel Merriett tells the Los Angeles Daily News (https://bit.ly/1l10SOn ) that before Nacho arrived, rats were running the joint.

Willie and Harry were trained by Voice for the Animals, an advocacy group that has supplied “Fe-9” officers for LA police stations for 15 years. The group has also kept the Southern California Flower Mart vermin-free for a quarter century.

The group’s executive director says cats work better than poison and are greener too.

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Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, https://www.dailynews.com


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