Pitbull Police Partners Are Turning Tables On Crime!
Pitbulls are often unfairly considered unpredictable dogs, and have a hard time finding homes. But a Texas program is working to change that image by enlisting Pitties into the Police force.
You read about it or hear about it all the time…the concerns about pit bulls as dangerous, aggressive dogs looking to do nothing but attack you at first chance.
Many veterinary experts and animal scientists will tell you that perception couldn’t be further from the truth, and the Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York, is working not only to disprove that myth, but add pit bulls to communities as helpers to defend citizens and police alike.
The Animal Farm Foundation’s mission is to secure fair and equal treatment for all pit bulls, saying that the pitbull is not a breed, but, “An ever expanding group that includes whatever an animal control officer, shelter worker, dog trainer, politician, dog owner, police officer or newspaper says it is.” Knowing that this means pit bulls often get unfair bad reputations, these dogs are at much higher risks for abandonment, breed restriction and mass euthanasia.
That’s why The Animal Farm Foundation is collaborating with Austin Pets Alive, a shelter in Austin Texas dedicated to saving animals that are high-risk for euthanasia, and Universal K9, a dog security training organization committed to rescuing shelter dogs at risk for euthanasia and training them to become amazing security and protection dogs. Often security dogs working with military or police units are purebred, but Universal K9 knows that any pooch given the chance to learn and work hard can be just as effective as a security and patrol dog.
Because trained purebred security dogs like German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois can cost a department anywhere between $10,ooo and $15,000 per dog, the benefit of saving pit bulls from shelters and training them to as K9 unit dogs is not only significantly cost effective for the departments, but literally life saving for so many available and trainable dogs.
A fast google search of Pit Bull K9 dogs will reveal that this recognition–that pit bulls can be rescued from shelters and trained to be amazing K9 unit dogs–is becoming widespread, and that military and law enforcement officials wouldn’t trade their pit police partners for anything.
Knowing pits like we do, we bet their only problem is stopping all the lovin’ when the dogs are off duty!
[Source: Law Officer]