Condemned To Euthanasia, This Pit Bull Didn’t Expect Such An Incredible Twist Of Fate

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Leonard is a Pit Bull like so many others. He's loyal, powerful and quick. However, because of his aggressive nature, no one wanted to adopt him, and he was condemned to euthanasia shortly after he was abandoned at a shelter.

 

leonard-k9-pitbull-1Source: Clay Township PD

 

While he spent his days at the refuge wondering if he would ever get out, Jim Alloway wanted to give him a second chance. The man, director of the refuge where Leonard was living, has been in contact with law enforcement since 1992, as he asses a number of dogs every year who could potentially become police dogs.

 

To him, no doubt about it, Leonard had the require qualities to make an excellent police dog. And although he would be the first Pit Bull to be placed in the program, his trainers were smitten. Terry Mitchell, chief of police, who personally takes care of him, explained:

 

I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. I spent about 10 minutes with him and knew this was the dog for us.

 

leonard-k9-pitbull-2Source: Clay Township PD

 

He dismissed the stereotype that Pit Bulls are violent dogs:

 

If somebody robs a bank, we don’t just go find out what nationality they are and round up all the rest and assume there will be no more bank robberies. It just can’t happen that way.  It’s the individual, and it’s the same with dogs.

 

Leonard can now forget about the time he spent at the shelter. Thanks to Mitchell's instinct, who saw the enormous potential, he will be able to use his talent as the first police Pit Bull in the history of Ohio.

 

leonard-k9-pitbull-3 Source: Clay Township PD

 

Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.

 

If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.

 

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