ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) -- There is no doubt that you have heard of police dogs. But, have you ever heard of police kittens?
Last year, the director of the Alexandria, Louisiana Police Department's range rescued a young cat who had been hit by a car. Now, that cat is expanding her own family, bringing APD officers along for the ride.
"People have come by just to see the kittens," said Sgt. Chris Wolf, director of the range, and the police officer who rescued the mother cat last year.
Tucked deep inside the building at the police department's range, buried beneath old shooting targets and where they store boxes of bullets, are four tiny, new additions to the APD family - kittens.
"A few days ago, we noticed she was putting on a little bit of weight," said Sgt. Wolf. "Low and behold, I came into the office and opened up the office and we have four, very small, pretty healthy looking range kittens."
But, before you meet the babies, you have to be introduced to their mother. She's a bit of a celebrity on the range. Her name? Fittingly, it's Range Cat.
"Absolutely a celebrity," said Sgt. Wolf. "People come by just to see Range Cat."
It's a face, be it one with four legs, police officers and cadets have gotten used to seeing.
"Range kitty? It was strange," said Lacy Fields, an Alexandria Police Department cadet. "But, everyone kind of took to her quick."
Sgt. Wolf found Range Cat when she was still a kitten last year, after she had been hit by a car.
"The cat, for all intents and purposes, had died," he said. "The cat came back, and she had been out here ever since."
She follows Sgt. Wolf around wherever he goes, and is making new friends along the way.
"It's insanely sweet," said Fields. "He's really great with her."
Last week, four new range cats showed up, in the form of "range kittens." They think they know who the dad is.
"He's a local guy," said Sgt. Wolf. "And, hopefully he'll come back and see the children and maybe help out here and there."
After the kittens are weened, they'll go home for good with some police officers. As for Range Cat, she'll stay at the place she calls home, with her extended police family.
The officers tell us they are looking to get Range Cat fixed so there are no more surprise "range kittens" in the future.