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Cat leukemia sidelines Detroit police feline officer

A suburban Detroit police department says a cat set to be deputized for therapeutic purposes and public appearances has developed a serious illness.

Virus is transmittable to other cats and can be fatal

Badges was set to be deputized by the Troy Police Department on Friday. (Troy Police Department)

A suburban Detroit police department said a cat set to be deputized for therapeutic purposes and public appearances has developed a serious illness.

The Troy Police Department said Thursday that Badges can't perform the duties because she's been diagnosed with feline leukemia, an often fatal disease that can be transmitted to other cats.

Michigan Humane Society spokeswoman Anna Chrisman said the group hopes to find a new home for Badges for "as long as she is with us."

The Police Department's "feline handler" has other cats who could be put at risk.

The Police Department is seeking another police cat. A new one could be officially appointed Friday — the day planned for Badges' swearing-in.

Troy police said in a tweet that Badges will always be the department's "first 'pawfficer."'

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