By Becca Husselbee
A pit-bull cross who was abandoned as a puppy and looked set to be put down has been given a second chance at life – and has now become a top POLICE DOG.
Apollo, a three year-old pit bull cross, was saved from euthanasia and offered a job as a narcotics dog.
Tukwila police department gave Apollo a reason to live after other officers turned him down because he was an American pit bull mix.
Apollo was abandoned as a baby and taken to an animal shelter in Washington State.
He remained there for six months before staff at the shelter decided he had too much energy to be adopted and he would have to be put down.
However, luckily for Apollo, a member of staff suggested that he may have a successful career as a K9 police dog.
The dog was taken out of the shelter and went to live at the Department of Corrections kennels.
However poor Apollo had to wait in the kennels for another year before being given a chance to prove himself.
Tukwila police department where on the look out for a new canine colleague, last summer, when they called the kennels and heard Apollo’s story.
The police department said: “No one would give him a chance simply because he was a pit bull type, who often have bad reputations based on misconceptions and lack of training.
“The trainer believed he was a high drive dog, who would finish first in narcotics school if someone give him a chance.”
The disadvantaged dog finally got his chance and is now thriving in his new role after finishing first in his class.
Tukwila police department said: “We decided to give Apollo that chance and we are glad we did.
“Apollo finished narcotics school in November of last year and did indeed finish first in his class.
“He is extremely friendly and can often be found trying to get us to play with him.
“He has bought great joy to us all at the department in addition he is very productive and hardworking.
“He is now part of his handlers personal family and the family at the Tukwila Police department.”
The police department organised a “coffee with a cop” morning so fans could meet the new colleague and Apollo was treated to a custom made bed, complete with flashing light, at his new work place.
The police department said: “We have since received many messages from people around the country that work at shelters or have pit bulls asking us to save them from euthanasia.
Unfortunately we are unable to do so but we hope that Apollo’s story encourages other law enforcement agencies to look at shelter dogs as potential police K9’s.”