As you know, police departments work very hard to ensure the safety of the communities which they serve. Recently, a number of police departments across the country have added shelter dogs to their police force as inexpensive and highly effective resource to help combat crime. Through the Animal Farm Foundation’s (AFF) Detection Dog Grant Program and Sector K9, shelter dogs are trained to become Detection Dogs to assist police officers in fighting crime.
K9 Sentry was days away from being euthanized at a shelter in Indiana when a volunteer contacted Animal Farm Foundation. AFF recognized K9 Sentry’s potential and trained Sentry to be a Detection Dog.
K9 Sentry and Officer Allen Connelly of the Town of Addis Police Department and West Baton Rouge Parish Sherriff’s Office in Louisiana made a HUGE Drug Bust over the weekend. Shelter dog turned Drug Detection Dog K9 Sentry detected 4 KILOS OF HEROIN – A STREET VALUE OF A MILLION DOLLARS!
Traditionally, detection dogs costs for pure bred dogs from $10,000-$20,000. Because of a grant provided by Animal Farm Foundation, the dogs that go through Sector K9 training program are FREE to police departments and schools. The training period usually takes 8 weeks. Using AFF’s philosophy that all dogs are individuals and should not be categorized because of their breed, each shelter selects dogs to be donated to the program based on their personality traits. Sector K9 trains the dogs to prepare them to work with police departments helping them detect drugs, explosives, and weapons. To date over 70 dogs have been placed across the country in police departments and schools through this program.