Dallas currently undergoes daily training sessions to become a K9 tasked with sniffing out narcotics.
The dog named Dallas will join the police force in Honaker, Virginia, as a narcotics-sniffing K9 after he completes his six weeks of training, the Washington Post reported.
HONAKER, Va. – A 3-year-old dog named Dallas is among the first pit bulls ever rescued from a fighting ring to train as a police K-9.
Pit bull formerly used in fighting ring joins Virginia police department
Honaker Police Chief Brandon Cassell said the town had long wanted a K-9 narcotics officer, but the town of 1,500 couldn’t afford the $10,000-plus needed to get a highly trained dog.
Jen Deane, the founder and president of a Florida rescue group called Pit Sisters, then took Dallas and several other dogs in to rehabilitate them.
The Washington Post reports the dog, named Dallas, was rescued along with 30 other pit bulls from a compound in Ontario, Canada.
“We knew that his combination of ball drive and his wanting of human praise was the perfect combination to be a police dog,” said Jen Deane, the founder and president of Florida rescue group Pit Sisters.
Honaker Police Chief Brandon Cassell said the town will finally get its chance to obtain a K9 narcotics officer after not being able to afford the cost of a highly-trained dog—which can run at least $10,000—thanks to a Canadian rescue group that volunteered to defray the costs of training and donate Dallas to the department.
One rescue, Pit Sisters in Florida, took in 10 of the pit bulls, and enrolled Dallas in their program that matches dogs with prison inmates who then train and care for them.
(WSVN) - A 3-year-old pit bull rescued from a fighting ring is now being trained to become a drug-sniffing police dog.