April 27 (UPI) — Police in Oregon issued a “verbal warning” to a cat reportedly seen armed with a gun-shaped stick.
Newport Oregon Police Department shared a photo of a black and white cat perched in a tree with its paw draped over a stick that appeared to resemble an automatic rifle.
Officers responded to the scene and were ultimately able to determine the cat did not pose any real threat.
“Reports of an armed cat this morning were unfounded,” police said.
“The feline was contacted by our canine and was determined to be in possession of a non-lethal branch.”
The officers ended the tongue-in-cheek post by stating the cat had been apprehended and charged with several offenses.
“The cat was given a verbal warning for posing with what could be mistaken as an assault rifle while wearing poor camouflage attire,” police said.
This could have ended tragically were it not for the cool-headed actions of the Newport PD. They have since notified all area cat owners of a new program designed to protect their pets from situations like this that may not end as well :