Police departments around the country are starting to adopt pit bull dogs as police dogs, rescuing the dogs from euthanasia and saving thousands of dollars.
Police Departments included in this new program include Poughkeepsie in New York, Washougal in Washington, Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia and Texas.
A group called Protect Pit bulls from Breed Specific Legislation posted on Facebook, “Police departments are finally getting it.”
Instead of spending $10,000 to $15,000 for a trained Belgian or German shepherd, police departments are now taking pit bulls from shelters and training them. These pit bulls are proving to be amazing police and military K-9 dogs.
Thanks to organizations like Animal Farm Foundation, which works with the Austin Pets Alive shelter system and Universal K9, a training program, pit bulls are being rescued and put to work as detection dogs in police departments around the country.
Dogs are selected from Austin Pets Alive and trained by Universal K9, and are being placed in police departments around the country at no charge.
Since the program started two years ago, 11 pit bulls have been placed with police departments.
The dogs learn how to detect narcotics, explosives, as well as arson detection and to track missing persons.
Two of these dogs who were given a fresh start at a new life of service and new homes are Phantom and Sarah, both pit bulls. They were just two of the many pit bulls who were languishing in shelters, unloved.
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