1st Pit Bull Police Dog in Ohio Was Once on Death Row

“I spent about 10 minutes with him and knew this was the dog for us,” says police chief.

From left, Police Chief Terry Mitchell, Leonard and shelter director Jim Alloway. By: Union County Humane Society

Way to go, Leonard!

The 2-year-old smooshy-faced rescue has become Ohio’s first pit bull police dog — after cheating death by euthanasia.

Suspecting Leonard had a high prey drive, the Union County Humane Society in Ohio assumed the dog would never find a forever home. So they put him on their euthanization list late last year.

However, the director of the shelter, Jim Alloway, realized Leonard had great potential in becoming a superb K-9 officer. The pit bull got a reprieve and became the shelter’s first dog sent in for training.

“I spent about 10 minutes with [Leonard] and knew this was the dog for us,” says Clay Township Police Chief Terry Mitchell. “I couldn’t have asked for a better dog.”

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“He gets excited when he puts that vest on,” says his handler. Video still via: NBC4

Last month, Leonard became certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. He’s now the first pit bull police dog in Ohio. His job won’t be chasing criminals; he’ll be sniffing for drugs at a local school.

Leonard lives with Mitchell, and “the big baby” (the police chief’s words) enjoys lying in his lap and sleeping — and snoring loudly. But when it’s time to get down to work, business becomes the dog’s top priority.

“He gets excited when he puts that vest on,” Mitchell says. “He’s just a happy dog.”

Here’s more about Leonard:

Source: Care2

Gayle Hickman

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Gayle Hickman has been researching and writing about pet behaviors since 2011. In addition to Petful, her articles have appeared on Reader's Digest, Yahoo Shine and WebVet, to name a few.

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