There are an overwhelming number of stigmas and stereotypes surrounding animals in our society. Dog and cat breeds are known for having distinct personalities that, for better or worse, affect their likelihood of being adopted. Kiah, a 2-year-old pit bull, experienced this first hand when a shelter rescued her after an abusive owner abandoned her on the street. Despite her remarkable recovery and stellar personality, Kiah still struggled to find a permanent home. Finally, thanks to a trainer named Brad, Kiah wasn’t just adopted, but has gone on to do something truly special with her life. Scroll through the pictures below to hear Kiah’s full story and see what wonderful dogs pit bulls are.
Someone discovered Kiah roaming the streets near a Texas convenience store and brought her into the Kirby Animal Shelter. Fortunately, they were able to provide her with expert veterinary care, healing her wounds in no time.
While waiting for someone to come along and adopt her, Kiah caught the eye of Brad Croft, a military and law enforcement dog trainer. The Universal K-9 program accepted Kiah on a police dog grant and she began narcotics detection and tracking training.
Kiah is joining the small number of pit bulls who work in law enforcement. We mostly see German shepherds, bloodhounds and retrievers serving as police dogs, which means the trainers must have seen something really special in Kiah.
Her handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul, says that “She wants to work. She’s high-energy. Affectionate. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.” Kiah is living proof that breeds do not define dogs. Congratulations, Kiah. We’re so glad you get to help make your community a better place.