UPDATE: Lexington Police Department’s barn cats named

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Cat #1 &2 - barn cats at Lexington Police Department barn Oct. 22, 2018. Photo by Amy Wallot

UPDATE: (11/2/18, 12:22 p.m.) –

The votes are in and the Lexington Police Department’s barn cats now have names.

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The department opened voting last week, giving voters four pairs of names to choose from: Smokey and Bandit; Bit and Bridle; Starsky and Hutch; Woody and Buzz.

The police department says more than 2,500 votes were cast during the week-long election and Smokey and Bandit won with a commanding 43% of the vote.



LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington police are asking the public to help name two barn cats which will live at the department’s Mounted Unit.

You can choose between four pairs:

Bit and Bridle

Starsky and Hutch

Woody and Buzz

Smokey and Bandit

Voting opened Friday on the Lexington Police Twitter page @lexkypolice and website. The poll will remain open for one week.

The two curious and energetic tabby cats are brothers. A farm owner in Madison County rescued their mother a few months ago, and he soon had a litter of kittens on his hands. After seeing their social disposition, the Mounted Unit decided to adopt the brothers, and they have been a welcome addition to the barn.

The cats’ duties include patrolling the horse barn for mice and other varmints. They will follow in the in the legacy of Hobbs, the department’s longtime barn cat who passed away in April at the age of 20.