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Kiah K9 Pit bull

A pit bull is working as a police dog, and her handler hopes to challenge breed stereotypes


Kiah, a 4-year-old pit bull, works as a police dog for the City of Poughkeepsie (New York) Police Department’s K9 force. She was rescued from a shelter after she was found as a stray in a grocery market parking lot with a serious wound on her head. Now she’s one of the country's first K9 pit bull officers.

Kiah and her and her partner, Officer Justin Bruzgul, attended the National Association of School Resource Officers Convention in Washington, D.C. Just like a German shepherd, Kiah is trained to find narcotics, and works with school resource officers.

Brad Croft, director of operations for Universal K9, has trained hundreds of dogs for police work. "The public has got it all wrong about these dogs. These dogs are the exact opposite of what they're painted to be," Croft told WJLA.

Kiah's handler hopes that Kiah attracts other police departments to rescue pit bulls, instead of spending thousands of dollars on a purebred dog.

WJLA contributed to this report.

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