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New Breed of Police Dogs: Pit Bulls

By June 4, 2016 July 28th, 2016 No Comments

kiah-police-dog-with-partnerPit bulls have had a horrible reputation for years and some people claim that they are the most dangerous dog breeds ever, but this statement is not even close to the truth. When you think of police dogs…we tend to picture German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, but what would you think if Pit Bulls become the next generation of K-9 officers?

The new rookie at one Poughkeepsie, New York Police Department weighs 60 pounds, has a big, lolling tongue, a super soft, caramel coat and a chance to fight stereotypes in addition to crime. Her name is Kiah and she is a Pit Bull. Her job will be to detect drugs and to track missing people. “She wants to work,” says her handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul. “She’s high-energy and affectionate. I couldn’t ask for a better partner. I know she will be there, she will always have my back and she will do whatever I need her to do. She is the best.”

KiahThe Animal Farm Foundation and Universal K-9 have joined together to prove to skeptics that Pit Bulls are not just great dogs, but also a breed that we can trust our lives to. These two organizations work side by side to save Pit Bulls from shelters and to train them. Universal K-9 takes care of the training to ensure these dogs become outstanding officers and Animal farm Foundation covers the cost. The partnership has successfully placed nine Pit Bulls across different police departments and these four-legged officers have proven themselves as an asset to their individual departments.

Training shelter dogs to do police work and to excel is a cost-effective measure because police departments no longer spend excessive amounts of money buying their four-legged officers from breeders. Money is not the only thing that is saved…so are some animal’s lives. “The breed isn’t important,” says Brad Croft, who trains dogs for law enforcement and the military. He found Kiah in a Texas animal shelter after her owner was charged with animal cruelty. “It’s what’s inside the dog that’s important.”

This is just another great example of why it pays to give Pit Bulls the second chance that they deserve!

Sharon Thomas
Executive Director
Animal Welfare League