A sheriff’s office in North Carolina recently welcomed two rescued pit bulls into their force.
The dogs, Phantom and Sarah, have joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office as narcotics detection K9 units. The dogs were sourced from two different organizations that train rescue dogs for law enforcement applications. Phantom was trained by the Texas-based UniversalK9 while Sarah was trained by the Animal Farm Foundation in New York.
While giving these two dogs a second chance at life is a great perk on its own, the Sheriff’s Office sees other benefits as well. In a statement posted to Facebook, the Office noted the cost benefits of employing trained shelter dogs among their K9 units. According to the Sheriff’s Office, “[UniversalK9 and the Animal Farm Foundation] have taken on the mission to show that Departments do not need to spend $15-$20,000 for a pure breed German Shepard or Belgian Malinois to search and find illegal drugs, at the same time giving dogs destined for a life in a shelter or euthanasia a second chance at life serving Law Enforcement Officers and Departments around the country.”
“As always it makes me feel proud to be able to help find productive jobs for these dogs and at the same time provides them with a new home. I visit shelters often and pit bulls fill them. The more I am able to place these dogs the more I can save. It’s really a win, win, win for the dogs, law enforcement and tax payers.”
— Brad Croft, Operations Director, UniversalK9
For more information about Phantom, Sarah, and their new life with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, read the full story on The Dodo.