An NYPD officer who helped rescue several kittens found in a suitcase dumped near the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn has adopted one of the felines after animal care workers spent weeks getting the litter ready for adoption.
Officer Nicole Piridis of the 90th Precinct has been reunited with Dmitry, one of the gray kittens she and other officers discovered in a suitcase tossed over a fence at a lot on Wythe Avenue in March, the ASPCA said in a press release.
Piridis "fell in love" with Dmitry — whom she's renamed Apollo — and was finally able to pick up the 3-month-old kitten from the shelter Saturday, the ASPCA said. He will be the officer's only pet.
Piridis' close friend adopted another of the rescued kittens, and a third male kitten also was adopted Sunday.
Two additional female kittens are still receiving care at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and are not yet ready for adoption.
Authorities are still investigating the animal cruelty case and are asking anyone with information to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.