The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Police Departments Pull Pit Bulls from Local Shelters to Train as Official Canine Officers

Monday, October 31, 2016

Police Departments Pull Pit Bulls from Local Shelters to Train as Official Canine Officers

Pit Bulls have such a bad reputation that some communities and cities (like Montreal) are banning their breed all together.  Protect Pit Bulls from BSL online (BSL stands for Breed Selection Legislation) is working to stop the ban and change the way people think about Pit Bulls.


Police departments like the Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia Police Department, and the Poughkeepsie Police Department in New York are helping in a big way.  Instead of spending $10,000 to $15,000 on pure breed German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois, they are going to their local shelters and finding abandoned Pit Bulls.  Without their intervention, these dogs would have been euthanized.

Police departments all over the country are now working with programs like Animal Farm Foundation, Austin Pets Alive! and Universal K9 to train Pit Bulls to be official police canines.  They are finding that rescued Pit Bulls can be obedient and hard-working police and military assets.  They can learn everything from narcotics, explosives, cadaver and arson detection and criminal apprehension.

“Any dog that has the drive, confidence, and desire to work can do it! Breed does not dictate a dog’s ability to work,” explained Universal K9 founder Brad Croft.

If this trend continues, Pit Bulls may no longer be the villains of the dog world but a great help in catching villains in the real world!




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