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Photo Flashback: Feline Assistant Edition

I've run two dog photos in this feature and now the cat people are clamoring for equal time. How about this one:


It ran in The Post on Jan. 2, 1945, accompanying this story:

"Minnie," feline rat exterminator of the First Precinct Police station, returned from the hospital yesterday after being treated for wounds received Christmas Eve in line of duty.

Greeted by all hands on duty, she proudly displayed her battle scar, a gash in the right foreleg, inflicted by a huge rat she tackled in the alley in the rear of the station. She had been treated for a week by C. Jabel Robinson, veterinarian of 222 C st. nw.

Although wounded, Minnie killed the rat, and returned to the station, her leg bleeding badly. Capt. Robert Pearce ordered her rushed to the hospital.

Minnie arrived at the station four years ago as a small gray and white kitten . The boys at the stations say she;s the best ratter this side of cat-kingdom come. High spot in her career was when she killed nine in one evening. She brings in each victim and parades around the station with it.

Although she's been wounded in action four other times, Minnie has found time to raise four litters of kittens, totaling 16 in all. When not battling rats, she keeps in trim by chasing dogs out of the station yard.

She'll take it easy for a few days while her wound heals, but the boys expect her to make a few reconnaissance patrols in the alley preparatory to returning to active duty.

Below the photo was this caption: Minnie gives Pvt. Clarence S. Muse a hand with a bit of the station's paper work.

According to a note on the back of the photo, Minnie was "brutally slain in the line of duty" in January 1946. I could find no details on whether the assailant was ever brought to justice.

By John Kelly  |  September 28, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  Photos of Washington  
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