A dog that was set to be euthanized has become a police dog for an Ohio police department.
The dog, Leonard, 2, is the first pit bull to be certified for the police jobs in Ohio, according to Fox 28. Leonard is scheduled to begin his full-time job on Saturday at the Clay Township Police Department. He will also be the town’s first K-9.
Leonard was set to be euthanized at the Union County Humane Society in Marysville. The shelter director Jim Alloway said staff found the dog to be aggressive and had a hard time it is determined, according to The Magazine.
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Alloway, who has a background with the police dogs, believed Leonard would be a good fit as a police dog. When Leonard would see someone carrying something, he would try to grab it, Alloway noted.
“For the average home, that is a big problem,” said Alloway. “But it is great for the enforcement of the law.”
Alloway communicated with the Storm Dog K9 Training in Sunbury, Ohio, who were initially skeptical because they had never trained a pit bull before. But in the end agreed to train Leonard smelling drug odors.
“He has the work ethic,” said Krishea Osborne, Storm Dog, director of education for the enforcement of the law. “He has so much to play and ride and hunt that he was a great police dog.”
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Terry Mitchell, chief of the Clay Township Police Department, and Leonard will be partners. Chief Mitchell and Leonard have been training together for a few weeks, and the dog now lives with the officer in his house.
“Now he’s our bud,” Chief Mitchell said. “Everyone in the department loves him. It’s only good.”