People often assume that dogs who suffered abuse or neglect as puppies will be scarred for life by their upbringing and become aggressive.
However, one incredible pit bull named Kiah is proving that even the most brutally abused animals can do anything if given a chance. As a puppy, Kiah was abused by a monster who hit her in the head with a hammer and caused a brutal injury to her skull.
Kiah was then rescued and sent to recover in a shelter in Kirby, Texas. Soon after, she caught Brad Croft’s eye because she didn’t seem to hold any resentment or hostility towards people. “From what I saw, I just couldn’t believe that she survived it, but she did,” said Croft, operations director for UniversalK9. He decided to bring her back to the organization, which trains dogs to become members of police and SWAT teams.
Kiah wasn’t a natural at first and was hard to train, but Croft was stunned by how fast she learned. After the 8-week training, it was clear that she was ready to work. “If we were to have some kind of contest, she would outwork [the other dogs] all days of the week. This dog is crazy good,” Croft said.
Two years ago, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department contacted Croft to add a police dog to their team and was paired with Kiah, who became the first pit bull police K9 in New York State. Ever since then, Kiah has been working as a narcotics and missing persons detection dog, and recently won the ASPCA Public Service Award.
“These awards recognize not just the heroism of particular animals, individuals, and organizations, but the incredible bond between people and their animals,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. “That connection between people and pets is so strong that when you commit to helping one, you’re almost certainly helping the other.”
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[Featured Image: Facebook/CPPD K-9 Kiah]