Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Pit bull will begin stint as Ohio police K-9

Pit bull will begin stint as Ohio police K-9

Leonard exhibited "very high hunt" and possessiveness drives, which wouldn't make him a good fit for families.

Leonard lives with Mitchell and his girlfriend. The shelter planned to adopt out the dog, but found that he could be too aggressive and not suitable for many forever homes. "He wanted to play", Jim Alloway, who has an extensive background with police dogs, told WSYX.

Leonard is being trained as a single-purpose K-9, meaning he searches for narcotics, and is not meant for aggression or apprehension of suspects, the chief told WCMH.

"We contacted Storm Dog K-9 Training and Mike Pennington (owner and operator) was intrigued". Leonard promises to make a great police dog as well as loving family companion. "He's constantly wanting to work".

Clay Township Police Chief Terry Mitchell is Leonard's handler and both are finishing their last day of training at Storm Dog Tactical in Sunbury.

An Ohio pit bull on the verge of being euthanized is about to embark on a new journey.

Now that Leonard's training and trial run are complete, he will soon become a certified police K9, helping the department sniff out drugs and other illegal substances.

The Union County Humane Society says the pup named Leonard was brought to them about seven months ago, but couldn't be adopted out.

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