Let’s face it Pit bulls have a less than fabulous reputation, and sadly close to one million of these beautiful animals are euthanized each year in the U.S. because of the mistaken belief that all pit bulls are aggressive. This is an unfair belief however, and it’s not the animals themselves who are aggressive, it is the horrible treatment and training those who are aggressive have received at the hands of ignorant and cruel owners.
Thankfully one police force is changing this mistaken idea by welcoming pit bulls on the force into the K-9 Detection Units. Typically it has been the German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Belgian Malinois who have been the most sought after and used dog breeds for police K-9 units but that is changing.
The Animal Farm Foundations has been working with K-9 Universal in Texas to rescue, train and place pit bulls from shelters into police departments across the U.S. Kiah is one of those lucky pit bulls who was not only saved from death but become a member of the Poughkeepsie Police Department’s K-9 Unit. Her partner Officer Justin Bruzgul said he couldn’t ask for a better partner.
He explained that because neither he nor anyone else in the department were sure pit bulls could even be used on the force at first led to a bit of apprehension. However Kiah’s addition to the force dispelled that hesitation. According to Officer Bruzgul, his partner is a great addition to not only the police department but to the community as well.
Kids instantly love her and Kiah is known to shower new friends with kisses. She’s not got a vicious or mean bone in her body according to her partner. But when duty calls, she is quick to get back to being a serious police officer and partner in the job of protecting the community.
Shelter dogs like Kiah work just was well if not better than others. They are also considerable less expensive for the law enforcement departments to acquire and train because they are not being purchased from Europe. It’s a great program that not only saves the lives of these amazing dogs, but helps law enforcement stretch their budgets while still receiving the best of the best in K-9 officers.
Pit bulls like Kiah are patrol certified which means they can participate in burglary calls and other crimes where a suspect is running from the scene. They also assist in tracking missing adults and/or children.
Watch this incredible video of Kiah with her partner Justin and be sure to share it a lot to bring some much needed attention to this great program. You will be glad you did.