YONKERS, N.Y. -- While all cops might like to think they are tough guys, they all seem to have a soft side too, and Yonkers Police Officer William Pataky is the perfect example.
Last month, while working with the SPCA of Westchester, Pataky arrested Christina Harris for animal cruelty for abandoning a dog on a city street who later died of starvation, shortly after being sent for emergency treatment.
During the investigation, Pataky searched an apartment where Harris had previously lived and found a 5-month-old black kitten with yellow eyes which was abandoned inside of the apartment for five days.
Pataky took the kitten to the Yonkers Animal Shelter for medical treatment where it made a full recovery.
Recently, Pataky formally adopted the kitten from the Yonkers Animal Shelter after completing the adoption process and took her home.
“I consider myself fortunate to be able to provide a home for this animal. I don’t know what I will name her yet, but it will be fun coming up with a special name for her," he said.
Pataky has worked on many animal cruelty cases with SPCA Chief Investigator Ernie Lungaro, particularly on cases involving animal neglect in southwest Yonkers.
The Yonkers Police Department would like to encourage anyone wishing to adopt a cat or dog to call the Yonkers Animal Shelter at 914-377-6730. The shelter is located at 1000 Ridge Hill Blvd., (exit 6A off the northbound NYS Thruway).