A dog has a new lease on life after a rescue group connected him with a small town police force.
Jasper, a 2-year-old pit bull, was abandoned at a Virginia shelter and was about to be put on the euthanasia list when he was rescued by the Throw Away Dogs Project, according to WXIN. The group visits shelters looking for dogs that have the traits needed for police work and other lines of service.
When the Throw Away Dog Project pulled Jasper from the shelter, they began teaching him how to sniff out narcotics. Now that his training is complete, he is a new member of the Kennard, Indiana police force.
“Heroin, cocaine, meth…and what it boils down to, unfortunately, statistics show smaller towns is where the drugs go,” Kennard Deputy Chief and Jasper’s partner Don Crabtree told WXIN.
Jasper will be a huge asset to Kennard. There’s only one paid employee on the police force, and the small town would likely never be able to pay for a drug-sniffing dog on their own. Luckily, Throw Away Dogs Project doesn’t charge police departments for the K9s and the group only functions for donations.
“You’re looking at the range of $10,000 to $15,000. It could be even higher. It depends on where the dog comes from,” Crabtree said. “If it wasn’t for them, I really don’t think we would have him.”
So far, Kennard has given $550 to the Throw Away Dogs Project as a thank you for Jasper, and the police department has started a GoFundMe to raise more money for the volunteer group.
Pit bulls are often among the first to be euthanized in kill shelters.
“Luckily someone saw something in Jasper,” Crabtree said.