Many people regard Pit Bulls as a vicious breed. This is primarily because cruel humans have used them in dog fighting over the years. There were also numerous newspaper headlines about Pit Bulls attacking or mauling young children to death.
The truth is that these dogs can be just as loving and friendly as any other breed. We simply need to give them the opportunity to prove everyone wrong.
Fortunately, one female Pit Bull named Kiah is doing just that.
Authorities were able to track down her owner and charge him with animal cruelty after she was spotted wandering around the streets with a bloodied head. Kiah later became a resident of the Kirby Animal Shelter in Texas. The staff at the shelter realized the dog was far too intelligent and friendly to be left there, so they first tried to find her a forever home, but as time passed, they realized she would make an excellent police dog.
Kiah soon joined the Universal K9 program, where she wowed everyone. She was vivacious, sociable, and simple to train.
Kiah is now the first Pit Bull police dog in the state of New York, having completed her training. She is currently employed by the Poughkeepsie Police Department as a Rookie K9 Sniffer Dog.
Officer Justin Bruzgul, Kiah’s handler, says, “It doesn’t matter what breed the dog is if she has the energy to use her nose and want to please her handler and do that working job.”
Kiah fights stereotypes about her race when she isn’t fighting criminals.
“So proud of our Kiah!” wrote the Kirby Animal Shelter on Facebook. She is raising the bar by demonstrating that pit bulls can make our neighborhoods safer, rather than more dangerous… Kiah, you rock!”