This month, we are taking time to recognize the amazing potential of pit bulls.
Dogs like K-9 Kiah, rescued from abuse to become a narcotics detection dog for the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, who graduated and joined the police force on November 20.
The program that trained Kiah and many others like her is made possible by a sponsorship provided by Animal Farm Foundation, in partnership with Universal K9 and Austin Pets Alive! One dog at a time, these organizations are working together to:
• Prove that “pit bull” dogs can perform the same law enforcement work traditionally reserved for purebred, purpose-bred dogs
• Create an opportunity for officers and the community to witness the underlying potential of everyday dogs, which are not traditionally used for law enforcement work.
• Rescue dogs while supporting local law enforcement and saving valuable taxpayer dollars (dogs are provided at no cost to the department)
Before joining the City of Poughkeepsie Police, Kiah was rescued from severe abuse and cared for by Kirby Animal Care Services in San Antonio, where the staff recognized the dog’s drive and potential for detection dog training. To become a narcotics detection dog, she underwent an extensive training process with her trainer, the founder of Universal K9, Brad Croft.