Monday, August 14, 2006

1 down, 8 more lives to go?

Sad news from the hardened streets of Brooklyn.

One of New York's feline finest has fallen in the line of duty.

Undercover Kitty died tragically after being hit by a car. It seems that even the strong paw of justice is no match for traffic.

NEW YORK -- Fred the Undercover Kitten, who gained fame this winter by posing as a would-be patient to help police nab a phony veterinarian, has died.

The 15-month-old tabby was killed last week when he wandered into traffic and was run over by a car, according to the Brooklyn district attorney's office.

Fred was a rescued stray when he was enlisted by law enforcement in February.

An undercover investigator posing as Fred's owner summoned the suspect to an apartment rigged with a hidden camera and pretended the kitten needed to be neutered. The man was arrested as he left carrying Fred in a box and cash for the operation.

Fred got his due at a news conference, where he sported a tiny badge on his collar. ``He's pretty easygoing, a real Brooklyn guy," his caretaker, prosecutor Carol Moran, said at the time.

On Wednesday, Fred ran out Moran's back door while she was attending to two dogs. Neighbors later found his body in the road.

Fred had been ``preparing for a new career in education," the district attorney's office said.

I suspect foul play.