Police departments around the country are adopting pit bulls as police dogs, saving thousands of dollars on pure breeds and rescuing the animals from euthanasia.
Departments including Poughkeepsie in New York, Washougal in Washington, Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia and Texas are adopting pit bulls from animal shelters, instead of buying and training expensive pure breed dogs.
“Police departments are finally getting it,” said a campaign group called Protect Pit bulls from Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) on Facebook.
"Instead of spending $10,000 to $15,000 for a trained Belgian [Malinois] or GSD [German Shepherd], they are now taking pit bulls from shelters and training them, and they are proving themselves to be amazing police and military K9s."
The New York-based Animal Farm Foundation provides a sponsorship to Universal K9 to contribute to the cost of the training. Since the program started two years ago, 11 pit bulls have been placed with police departments.
The animals learn to detect narcotics, explosives as well as arson detection and to track missing persons.
“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 on a blog for the Animal Farm Foundation.
Pit bulls can be obedient and gentle animals, despite their negative reputation.
Certain cities like Montreal have even banned the dogs following a fatal dog attack on a woman.Reuse content