For many, pit bulls (unfairly) have gotten a bad reputation as an aggressive or hostile dog breed. But one pit bull is challenging breed stereotypes with her brand new job.
Kara has officially been inducted as Colorado’s first ever pit bull K-9. She joined the Colorado Mounted Rangers, Colorado’s first statewide law enforcement agency, according to 9news. Not only is Kara the first pit bull K-9 — she is also part of the Colorado Mounted Rangers’ first-ever K-9 unit.
Kara is the first pit bull detection dog in the state. She’s been trained and certified to help Colorado’s rangers detect narcotics and assist in tracking and finding lost people. Dawn Havens is Kara’s handler. She is an 11-year veteran of law enforcement and a volunteer for the Colorado Mounted Rangers.
For Dawn, it’s also important to note how Kara is challenging stereotypes about pit bulls.
“She is actually the first pit bull in Colorado to be a working K-9 officer,” Dawn told 9news. “They’re known to be extremely loyal animals, and extremely protective of people. She’s not at all mean. She’s not aggressive towards anybody. I’ve never seen any aggression towards anybody.”
Kara was trained by Brad Croft. Brad is the operations director of Universal K-9, a dog rescue and training group that is based in Texas.
This particular pit bull‘s story is an inspiring one. Kara was rescued by Universal K-9 from a shelter in Canyon Lake, Texas. The rescue and training group has put Kara’s innate high energy trait to good use.
“Those dogs are the high, high drive dogs like Kara,” Brad told 9news. “And, you know, they get looked over in adoption events because people see all that energy and are like ‘Whoa, that’s too much for me.’ But these dogs work really well for our program because we take that energy and focus it and use it for positive things.”
Kara was one of 6 pit bulls who graduated Universal K-9’s narcotics training program back in June 2017. Each of the other pit bulls is going to work as a narcotics detection dog for law enforcement agencies across the country.
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