30 Oct '16, 12am

Rescued Pit Bulls Now Keep People Safe as Police Dogs

Rescued Pit Bulls Now Keep People Safe as Police Dogs

When you think of a police dog , you probably imagine a German shepherd or Belgian Malinois, or maybe a Labrador retriever, right? In the not-too-distant future, you could be adding a pit bull to this mix. Last November I wrote about Kiah , the first-ever pit bull K9 officer in the state of New York. Kiah joined the Poughkeepsie Police Department after being rescued from a Texas shelter, where she’d ended up after her owner was arrested for animal cruelty. She was trained and then given to the Poughkeepsie P.D. free of charge on behalf of a partnership between Austin Pets Alive , the San Antonio-based police dog training company Universal K9 and Animal Farm Foundation , a New York-based nonprofit that aims to “secur[e] equal treatment and opportunity for ‘pit bull’ dogs.” Having pit bulls on the force is a win-win for both the dogs and the police departments. Not only do t...

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