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Pit Bull Fights Bad Rap to Join Police Force

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

In January of 2015, a 2-year-old pit bull named Kiah was found wandering behind a Texas convenience store with a bloodied head. Then came the shocking truth: someone had hit her with a hammer, leaving her to die. Kiah was taken to the Kirby Animal Shelter where she received extensive vet care and made a full recovery (though the bump on her head is permanent). With her loving personality, she also stole the hearts of everyone she met.

Months passed, and Kiah was still looking for her forever home. As you probably know, millions of pit bulls are homeless due to the widespread stigma attached to the breed. Kiah could have easily been another statistic — but fate stepped in and had its way. Brad Croft trains dogs for law enforcement and the military. He often visits animal shelters searching for abandoned dogs that could make good police dogs. After a shelter worker saw something special in Kiah, Brad decided to take a chance on her.

Kiah’s life took a stunning turn, and now her story is breaking all sorts of canine stereotypes.

Read on to see why there are no bad breeds… only bad owners.

In January of 2015, some kind of evil monster hit Kiah in the head with a hammer. The bloodied stray pit bull was found wandering the streets before she was taken to the Kirby Animal Shelter. Thankfully, the caring staff helped Kiah make a full recovery.

There was something special about the battered pittie, and after being selected by a dog trainer for law enforcement and the military, Kiah was accepted into the Universal K9 program on a police dog grant. She has almost completed her training in narcotics detection and tracking.

When she graduates from K9 training school, Kiah will be one of just a few pit bulls to serve as a police dog. Here she is with her trainer, Brad Croft, and her new handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul of the Poughkeepsie, NY, police department.

While German shepherds, retrievers and bloodhounds are most commonly used as police dogs, pit bull police dogs are hardly ever used; it’s almost unheard of!

Now, Kiah’s story is helping to break all sorts of canine stereotypes as she prepares to defend the streets that once betrayed her. According to the Animals and Society Institute, there is no correlation between dog attacks and breeds.

Kiah is expected to excel in her new job.

“She wants to work,” says Officer Justin Bruzgul. “She’s high-energy. Affectionate. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

Kiah’s story deserves to be seen by everyone. There are no bad breeds, only bad owners! If you agree, please SHARE this with your friends on Facebook!

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