Martin was a much loved, friendly two-year-old cat when he died on the road. He had been adopted by the police officers of the NYPD 6th Precinct (Coney Island) after he had been abandoned on West 8th Street and Surf Avenue in December 2016 by a woman.
Martin the cat was named after Officer Martin D. Constanza who with four other officers wanted to make him the department’s resident cat. It was a successful idea. It worked really well for both the police officers and the cat.
Martin lifted spirits and in return he was treated royally with plenty of treats. The officers clubbed together to make sure he was neutered and that he got his shots and was microchipped.
Martin was there every day to spread a little joy. He’d come when called and was super friendly. Sergeant Raj Lalwani said:
“I like how friendly he is…He’s like a dog. You call him and he’ll come. I don’t think he knows he’s a cat.”
And the boss, Deputy Inspector William Taylor said:
“He cheers me up. The guys come by and get a chuckle out of him, the ones who are having a hard day.”
Then tragedy. The New York Post reported on 27 Aug that he had been killed by a car last Monday. Deputy Inspector Joseph Hayward said:
“Sad to announce our Precinct cat Martin has passed away. He was hit by a car and later died due to his injuries. He will truly be missed by all in the command. RIP Marty.”
Martin was discovered on Saturday morning. He was outside the precinct back door meowing. He was taken to a local animal hospital where he passed away.
He made an impression on NYPD cops. These guys like dogs don’t they? They’re dog people, I thought. He made a difference and left behind happy memories of his presence.
Note: If we are brutally honest, the chances of Martin being hit by a vehicle were quite high. I suppose there was no other way of looking after him. It’s sad that it came to this.