Colorado’s First-Ever Pit Bull Police K-9 Is A Former Shelter Dog

Kara the pit bull is one special dog: She was recently inducted as the first-ever pit bull K-9 police dog in the state of Colorado with the Colorado Mounted Rangers.

The Mounted Rangers realize that not everyone has a favorable view of pit bulls, as many see the breed as aggressive or dangerous. But the Rangers hope that Kara will do her part to break down those stereotypes.

“She is actually the first pit bull in Colorado to be a working K-9 officer,” Dawn Havens, an 11-year law enforcement veteran and volunteer for the Colorado Mounted Rangers who serves as Kara’s handler, told 9 News. “They’re known to be extremely loyal animals, and extremely protective of people. She’s not at all mean. She’s not aggressive towards anybody. I’ve never seen any aggression towards anybody.”

In addition to detecting and tracking narcotics in buildings and vehicles, Kara has been trained to find lost people.

What’s perhaps more amazing than Kara’s groundbreaking new job is how she had previously been living in a shelter in Canyon Lake, Texas. She was rescued by Universal K-9, a Texas-based dog rescue and training group.

Brad Croft, operations director for the group, trained Kara and explained why her breed is actually cut out for police work.

“Those dogs are the high, high drive dogs like Kara,” Croft told 9 News. “And, you know, they get looked over in adoption events because people see all that energy and are like ‘Whoa, that’s too much for me.’ But these dogs work really well for our program because we take that energy and focus it and use it for positive things.”

We’re so glad that pit bulls like Kara are getting shot at life and helping police at the same time! Check out the video below to see the talented and adorable Kara in action: