Pit bull joins Ohio town's police force

SUNBURY, Ohio -- An Ohio pit bull that faced being euthanized is now ready to embark on a new journey. 

WCMH reports a dog named Leonard will soon be the first pit bull police officer in the state of Ohio. Leonard and his handler, Police Chief Terry Mitchell, just finished training and he will soon join the Clay Township Police Department as the narcotics K-9.

Leonard was originally rescued by the Union County Humane Society. Although some felt he was not a good adoption candidate because of his "high ball drive," the society came up with the idea to possibly have him trained as a K-9 police pup.

According to Chief Mitchell, Leonard has been trained as a single-purpose K-9. He will search for narcotics and is not meant for aggression or apprehension of suspects. 

Leonard was certified by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy examiners on May 14.

 

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