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Poughkeepsie Police Welcome New K-9 Team Member

Officer Justin Bruzgul and Kiah
Officer Justin Bruzgul and Kiah Photo Credit: Facebook

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Poughkeepsie Police Department has introduced the newest member of the city department’s K-9 unit, Kiah, and her handler, Officer Justin Bruzgul.

Kiah’s specialty is in detection and article location. She has professional training in locating people, articles and narcotics.

Kiah was provided to the department through the generosity of the Animal Farm Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation based in Dutchess County, which has been rescuing and rehoming animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations, since the mid-1980s.

Animal Farm Foundation has partnered with Universal K9 in San Antonio and Austin, Texas’ Pets Alive! to identify and train rescued and sheltered pit bull dogs as detection dogs for police across the country at no cost to law enforcement.

Under Animal Farm’s sponsorship, Universal K9 has placed seven detection dogs, including Kiah, with police departments across the country. Kiah and Bruzgul graduate from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department K-9 school this month.

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