For centuries police departments across the country are using the dogs to detect narcotics and apprehend criminals.
However, German shepherd and the Belgian Malinois have been the primary breed of dogs favored for K-9 patrol duties. Yet it is not unusual to see bloodhounds used for tracking and recovery of the remains of corpses. Labrador retrievers and beagles have been used to sniff out explosives and illegal narcotics.
For several years now, law enforcement agencies have decided to expand their K-9 ranks to include various breeds from shelters and dog rescues. With the impression that Pit bulls have an uncontrollable rage, they are now getting the chance to reverse the unfair stigma attached to them.
In 2016, the mayor of Montreal, Quebec, banned pit bulls due to the death of a 55-year-old. The lady was mauled to death by a pit bull in her back garden. However, the ban was then lifted, upon further investigation proved the ban to be unfair.
An organization Protect Pit Bulls from BSL is working to change the negative reputation of this magnificent loving breed. People tend to forget that training and discipline play a considerable role in obedience and anger of any breed of dog.
The police departments and K-9 units are now adopting abandoned pit bulls and training them as German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois are pretty expensive dogs which can cost on average $10,000 to $20,000. Pit bulls not only cost less but have also proven to be outstanding police dogs. Thus saving thousands of dollars and rescuing dogs from euthanasia.
Brad Croft of Animal Farm Foundation stated that the breed of dog does not dictate a dog’s ability to work.
Stacey Coleman of Animal Farm Foundation and Brad Croft of UniversalK9 are showing the world that even though Pit bulls have received a lot of bad media over the years, they aren’t all bad dogs and can do great things to help the communities they serve. Pit bulls can be obedient, gentle, loving, and loyal, despite their negative reputation.
Organizations that are now funding the training of shelter dogs for police work and placing them with agencies.