A 55-pound (25 kg) pit bull and former rescued dog, Kano, was successful in completing his very first operation in drug busting one December Monday under the supervision of the Stafford Police Department.
The Police force in central Kansas, in particular, has a new aid and companion in drug detection: a fifty-five pound pit bull that was a former shelter dog turned Police K-9 rescued by an organization from Texas and was trained for safety and law enforcement tasks.
The police department said Kano was the first ever pit bull to have performed such an important role at the state of Kansas.
Kano was trained under supervision from Universal K-9, an organization based off of San Antonio. One of their tasks is rescuing pit bulls and then training them readying them for police duties. In partnership with Animal Farm Foundation, the organization started a program training rescued pit bulls to sniff out multiple kinds of narcotics and a range of explosives. The foundation is also working to secure equality in treatment and opportunities for the pit bulls.
“Anyone whose watching him (Kano) while working can see and will see the kind of drive he has, moreover but also how incredible they are,” said a post on Facebook from Stafford Police Department.
Kano, whose name was taken from the franchise “Mortal Kombat” a video game due to similarities of the character’s and the dog’s marking in the face, is handled by Officer Mason Paden. Paden said that the breed is commonly “misunderstood” and that many tend to be apprehensive of pit bulls being in police forces.
Paden also said that both he and Kano planned to go out and help and change what bad image many people have so given the pit bulls.
There are already more than fifty pit bulls trained by the organization who are working now under law enforcement according to Universal K-9. Universal K-9 Operations Director Brad Croft said that the current numbers of trained pit bulls operating are not biters, but they sure are kicking butts out there and also taking names.
Kano loves working according to Paden. The police K-9 live in Paden’s residence with him and Paden’s girlfriend along with five more dogs.
“The canine has his own strict rule when he’s at home and when he’s not,” said Paden “Kano strictly knows that when they go out, it is time to get to work.”
Credits to KGW8