Two rescue pups named Phantom and Sarah are joining the Clay County Sheriff’s department as narcotic detection dogs.
Meet Phantom and Sarah, two pit bulls who were rescued from an animal shelter and will soon be K9 dogs! This week, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina announced that the duo would become narcotic detection dogs as they are just as capable of sniffing out illegal substances as purebred German shepherds – and are less costly, as well.
The department wrote online:
“What will be the most shocking to some will not be that Clay County Sheriff’s has the new K-9 Deputies, but rather their breed. Even though pit bulls get a bad rap in the media, they aren’t all bad dogs and can do great things for the communities they serve.”
Pit bulls have gained a reputation for being vicious dogs. The truth is, however, they are only as aggressive as the humans who train and care for them.
“The two foundations have taken on the mission to show that Departments do not need to spend $15-$20,000 for a purebred German shepherd or Belgian Malinois to search and find illegal drugs, at the same time giving dogs destined for a life in a shelter or euthanasia a second chance at life serving Law Enforcement Officers and Departments around the country.”
Brad Croft, the operations director for Universal K9, is proud of the department’s decision to adopt the pit bull dogs. He told The Dodo:
“As always it makes me feel proud to be able to help find productive jobs for these dogs and at the same time provides them with a new home. I visit shelters often and pit bulls fill them. The more I am able to place these dogs the more I can save. It’s really a win, win, win for the dogs, law enforcement and tax payers.”
Unsurprisingly, the internet’s response has been overwhelmingly positive:
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