Eight-month-old Boomer, a German shepherd-Lab mix, was surrendered to the Parsippany Animal Shelter in Parsippany, New Jersey. He was having a hard time being adopted because he had so much energy. But when a police officer came to the shelter looking for a bearded dragon for his son, he spotted Boomer first.
But Boomer didn’t end up going home with the police officer to be a pet for his son. Instead, he was the perfect candidate to be trained as a bomb-sniffing K-9 unit dog with the police department.
“We’re looking for a dog with a high amount a drive. A dog that’s really, really excited about getting rewarded,” Det. Sgt. Aaron Tomasini explained. And Boomer definitely fit that description!
“He was a handful. He was a lot to deal with. But for us, guess what? That’s exactly what we are looking for, so it was perfect!”
The dog will be in great company and couldn’t have been chosen by a better police department.
“We have one of the most sophisticated K-9 programs in the United States,” Morris County Sheriff James Gannon said.
Boomer will be trained over a course of 12 to 14 weeks, learning obedience and how to sniff out a bomb. He’ll become an integral part of the police department’s K-9 unit.
“It was really nice that kind of a bad situation turns into a really, really good thing for us,” Det. Sgt. Tomasini said.
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