A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer has adopted a kitten that she found abandoned in a suitcase in March.
Nicole Piridis, who is assigned to the 90th Precinct of the NYPD, first met her now 3-month-old fluffy gray kitten, Apollo, March 10. She and her partner, Roman Goris, discovered it and six others in a suitcase tossed into a lot in Brooklyn, NY Daily News reported May 2.
The officers found the suitcase after responding to a 911 call from a local woman.
Piridis said she brought the kittens up to the woman's apartment shortly after finding them, and Apollo kept on approaching her.
"I picked him up, and he fell asleep," Piridis, who has been on the police force for about a year, told NY Daily News of her first encounter with Apollo. "We locked eyes…I'm like, I'm taking him. He's mine."
On April 30, Piridis officially adopted the kitten from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (ASPCA) shelter where he and his siblings were taken. She was permitted to take him home after he was given a clean bill of health.
Apollo, who was initially named Dmitry by shelter staff, isn't the only one of the abandoned kittens who has found a loving home. His sister Persephone, originally named Inessa, was adopted by a friend of Piridis. A third kitten in the litter, Ilyo, has also been adopted.
The two other kittens, Oxsana and Albina, are still at the shelter awaiting adoption.
"This is an incredible outcome for these vulnerable kittens who were callously discarded and left to die," said Howard Lawrence, the ASPCA's vice president for humane law enforcement.
The suitcase full of kittens was discovered near the Williamsburg Bridge around 7:30 a.m. on March 10, according to NY Daily News. Video footage shows an unidentified person throwing the suitcase over a fence the night before.
Of the seven kittens in the suitcase, one was found dead and another had to be euthanized because of its injuries.
Police are still looking for the person who abandoned the kittens.