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By Jessica Kartalija

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A tough Baltimore City police officer shows his softer side, and it’s going viral.

Jessica Kartalija explains.

It all started because he helped to give a stray cat a better life. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s a very good looking guy.

Big guy, little kitten–major attention. Officer Jon Boyer, 26, had no idea this photo would be so popular.

“I heard some kitten yelps from the vacant house. I saw the kitten, I picked her up. She was kind of snuggled right here,” Boyer said.

And that’s when things went a little crazy. Staff at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter took and shared the picture.

“And it just kind of snowballed from there… wasn’t expecting all the attention I’m getting now,” said Boyer.

To say the least. There’s now a Facebook page, “I Love Jon Boyer,” where women express their love and admiration for the cat lover, who has three, by the way.

Clearly it isn’t the first time a Baltimore City police officer has rescued an animal. But it is the first time it’s been this popular.

“Honestly, we all do it. I just got attention for it,” Boyer said.

There’s been some gentle teasing within the department, but the positive message is being well received.

“We have people who come to this job to save lives, and part of saving lives is obviously the human lives that we work to save, but the animal lives are just as important,” said Lt. Eric Kowalczyk, Baltimore City Police.

Boyer has become a good friend to BARCS, joining Maryland athletes like Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the “Show Your Soft Side” campaign. He’s also been a model for their annual “Pawject Runway” event.

Officers Boyer says it’s all in a day’s work.

“I am really just out here to do my job, to protect the citizens of Baltimore and the animals, and to make sure we all go home at the end of the day and the citizens are safe,” Boyer said.

Sorry to say, Officer Boyer is not releasing whether or not he is in a relationship.

Officer Boyer has been with the city police department for three and a half years.

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