New Police K9 Hopes to Change Stigma Surrounding Pit Bulls

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The Stafford Police Department in central Kansas has a new K9: a full-blooded, Red Nose Pit Bull named Kano.

Believed to be the first K9 pit bull in the state of Kansas, Kano, a 55-pound puppy who was named after a character in the video game "Mortal Kombat," completed his first drug bust on Monday, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The pit bull was rescued by a Texas organization and trained for law enforcement work by Universal K9, a San Antonio-based organization that "exists to save dogs to train them for law enforcement and veterans."

According to Brad Croft, Universal K9's operations director, the organization has trained 50 pit bulls, which are working in law enforcement with police officers and trained as detection dogs that search for marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy.

The Stafford Police Department posted the full story of Kano on their Facebook page.

This is Kano. Kano is a full blood Red Nose Pitbull. I believe Kano is the FIRST Pit Bull K9 in the state of Kansas. ...

Posted by Stafford Police Department on Saturday, November 4, 2017

Kano's handler, Officer Mason Paden, said he knows some people may be apprehensive of a pit bull on the police force but thinks the breed is "misunderstood."

Animal Farm Foundation, which helped find Kano, states, "When rescuing and re-homing dogs, we focused on American Pit Bull Terriers. Over time, we realized that the dogs we were helping we're not necessarily purebred American Pit Bull Terriers, but dogs that people called "Pit Bulls". "Pit Bull" is not a breed or breed mix, but an ever expanding group that includes whatever and animal control officer, shelter worker, dog trainer, politician, dog owner, police officer, or newspaper says it is. This opened our eyes to the dogs in front of us. These are the dogs that need our help."

The Stafford Police Department posted on Facebook:

"Just like people dogs are individuals too! Kano and I plan to get out there and help try to change the bad name that so many have given the Pit Bull."

Check out a video of Kano the pit bull police dog in action below:

Paden said Kano loves to work and catch bad guys. The police dog lives with Paden and his girlfriend, who have five other dogs.

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