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Pit Bull Joins Virginia Police After Rescue From Dog Fighting

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A pit bull similar to this one recently joined a Virginia police department after being rescued from dog fighting. (Lunja87/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:42 AM

A pit bull that was rescued from a dog fighting ring and slated for euthanasia three years ago, will join a Virginia police department, where he will "save many lives," according to The Washington Post.

Dallas' life got off to a bad start after he was thrust into the dog fighting ring in Canada as a pup.

In 2015, he and 30 other pit bulls were confiscated by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals but he was among 21 dogs slated for euthanasia, CBC reported.

In a twist of fate, courts ordered that 18 of the dogs facing death be sent to the U.S. for rehabilitation at a facility called Dogs Playing for Life in Florida.

The organization's co-founder, Rob Scheinberg, hired an attorney to fight for their lives and, after a lengthy court battle, they won.

Scheinberg enlisted the help of Florida organization Pit Sisters, which rehomes power breeds such as pit bulls, to determine what the next step for Dallas was.

They decided the police department's K-9 unit would be perfect for him, Fox News reported.

After teaming up with Throw Away Dogs Project in Pennsylvania, Dallas' training as a sniffer dog commenced in August.

The organization's founder, Carol Skaziak, called Dallas "an absolute sweetheart" with "tons of energy," according to Fox News.

Dallas will complete his training with his future handler in Virginia and, once he becomes an official K-9, he will "save many lives," said Bruce Myers, who is working with Dallas, according to The Washington Post. "If he helps take one brick of heroin off the street, that can save 1,000 people. And he will be incredibly proficient by the time he leaves here," Myers said.

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