Pit Bull Becomes Police Department’s Newest K-9

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Justin Bruzgul


When you think of a police K-9, the kind of dogs that come to mind are German shepherds and Belgian Malinois.  But the most recent graduate and rookie for the Poughkeepsie Police Department in New York is a feisty pit bull who’ll be breaking stereotypes on the job.

Kiah will be only one of a handful of pit bulls to be a police dog.  Military and police dog trainer Brad Croft found her at a Texas shelter after her owner had been arrested for animal cruelty.

“The breed isn’t important,” he said. “It’s what’s inside of the dog that’s important.”


Justin Bruzgul


She’s going to be a sniffer dog, used to detect drugs and find missing people.  Kiah will also be a goodwill ambassador.

“She wants to work,” said her handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul. “She’s high-energy. Affectionate. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

K-9s typically cost around $15,000 to be bred and trained.  But shelter dogs can be adopted for much less than that, and certainly don’t require a pedigree.  Kiah was given to the department for free because of the partnership between Croft’s San Antonio-based company, Universal K9, the Austin animal shelter she was in, and Animal Farm Foundation, a New York group that works for the equal rights of pit bulls.


Pit Bull Police Dog


According to to George Carlson, the Ulster County sheriff’s deputy who trained Kiah in Stone Ridge, New York, a dog’s energy, motivation, and eagerness to please its handler are the most important qualities.

He calls Kiah a sweetheart, and says she’s the only pit bull he’s heard of on the east coast.

“Dogs are individuals,” he said. “They have their own personalities, just like people. And I’d rather train dogs than people.”




Justin Bruzgul

103 thoughts on “Pit Bull Becomes Police Department’s Newest K-9”

  1. The only thing wrong with this breed is the ‘human’ (term used very loosely) that have been permitted to destroy the reputation and each individual animal of the breed. Until you correct where the ‘issues’ start, the decline will continue. ‘Humans’ (again, the term is used very loosely) that engage in activities unchecked, while the end product is destroyed again and again, will continue to churn out these horrific examples that are only doing what they have been taught. …. the focus of correction needs to start with them …. and that includes long long long jail sentences for everyone involved in the destruction of the breed and its reputation …. from the hands on to the spectators. Seize all that the money purchased (from houses, cars, clothing to equipment) and sell it for the rehab of the dogs (if possible) to the education of ignorant ass-holes that find this activity a ‘sport’.


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