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Indiana Police Department Takes Cat Supplies to Pay Off Parking Tickets

Indiana Police Department Takes Cat Supplies to Pay Off Parking Tickets

The event brought in a ton of supplies for the shelter.

How about a feel good story? The Muncie Police Department teamed up with the Muncie Animal Care and Services with a unique way to have people pay off parking tickets.

Instead of cash, the police department accepted cat supplies to help the shelter since it has hundreds of cats and kittens.

The move worked as donations have filled the shelter, including food and litter:

Residents delivered hundreds of cans of cat food, bags of dry food and litter, treats and other supplies to Muncie Animal Care & Services, which is overrun with cats and kittens in need.

This offer ran until 4 p.m. July 19, and by that morning, police shared pictures of a storage room overflowing with donated supplies. Some of the donations even came from people who didn’t even have parking tickets.

People without parking tickets even chipped in. In fact, the majority of the donations came from those who did not have tickets.

The shelter only has a $10 adoption fee so go pick up a new friend!

I found in a Google search that the Muncie Police Department does a lot to help the community. This past weekend the department held a water balloon fight with kids in an attempt to strengthen community ties. They wanted to let the kids know that they are not bad guys:

It was a chance for the officers to take a break from fighting crime. It was also a chance to build relationships by serving as a positive influence and a way to keep kids off the streets.

“The little kids you’re not so worried about. But the 10, 11, 12, 13-year-olds, what else might they be doing, you don’t know,” said Winkle.

One father says this is the second time his children have participated in the officers vs. kids water balloon fight, but it brings a positive light to the small city of Muncie and to his children.

“I think every police department in the world should do something like this. Because it helps in the de-escalation of situations for them as well. It helps them be seen as who they are,” said Muncie resident Josh Zacharias.

The Fox 59 article said the police department also holds an annual snowball fight.

Keep up the good work, Muncie Police Department!


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If people can buy kitty litter and cat food, they can surely pay a parking ticket.

    walls in reply to Sally MJ. | July 29, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Agreed. Parking fines should go toward the general fund or whatever revenue ledger account is normal. If people are inclined to support an animal shelter, they can make a voluntary contribution.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Sally MJ. | July 30, 2019 at 1:45 am

    While I agree with you Sally, the article states that many of the contributions came from those who didn’t have an outstanding ticket.

I like it. This cuts out ossified bureaucracy. Parking ticket>payment processing>diverting funds>more departmental processing>purchasing agent>billing payment>product delivery and receiving.

Close The Fed | July 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm

Stupendous! Admirable!! Great ideas all around!!!

DouglasJBender | July 29, 2019 at 5:55 pm

During the water-balloon fight with the kids, one overzealous police officer pulled out a loaded squirt-gun and yelled at his young adversaries, “Freeze!! Get down on the ground!!”

One of the youngsters, being a fan of the movie, “Raising Arizona”, responded by quoting from the old man in the following clip from the movie: .

From an accountant’s point of view, there will be some necessary general journal entries and disclosures for momentary “breach” of internal controls.

Meanwhile, best luck to the felines and good on the ticket takers.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 29, 2019 at 8:10 pm

NotKennedy: wasn’t General Journal head of the 704th Accounting Divusion at Fort Knox? His son, Major Upset is there as well.

If cummings or pelosi ran Indiana, they’d oddly have a personal warehouse full of cat litter. And of course, manage to sell it back to the city.