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Poughkeepsie Police Add K9 Kiah To The Force

Officer Justin Bruzgul with K9 Kiah.
Officer Justin Bruzgul with K9 Kiah. Photo Credit: Submitted

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department will have a new police K9 joining the force in November.

K9 Kiah is one of many rescued pit bull dogs that have been trained as narcotics detection dogs for law enforcement and provided at no cost to the department.

The program is made possible by a sponsorship provided by Animal Farm Foundation, in partnership with Universal K9 and Austin Pets Alive!

Shortly after National Pit Bull Awareness Day, on Saturday, K9 Kiah will complete training with her handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul, and be ready to perform in the field.

One dog at a time, Animal Farm Foundation, Universal K9 and Austin Pets Alive! are working together to accomplish the following:

  • Prove that pit bull dogs can perform the same law enforcement work traditionally reserved for pure bred, purpose bred dogs
  • Create an opportunity for officers and the community to witness the underlying potential of everyday dogs, which are not traditionally used for law enforcement work
  • Rescue dogs while supporting local law enforcement and saving valuable taxpayer dollars

K9 Kiah was rescued from severe abuse and cared for by Kirby Animal Care Services in San Antonio, Texas, where the staff recognized the dog’s drive and potential for detection dog training.

To become a narcotics detection dog, K9 Kiah underwent a training process with trainer and founder of Universal K9, Brad Croft.

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