Pit bull puppy named honorary K-9 deputy after finding loaded gun outside apartment complex

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At just under 2 months old, most puppies are working on the basics like sit, stay and roll over, but a pit bull puppy in North Carolina is far beyond all of that.  

Ryder was named an honorary K-9 deputy with the Greenville Police Department at a ceremony on Monday. According to NBC affiliate WITN, he received the honor after finding a loaded gun outside the Rosemont apartment complex.  

“You know puppies are curious, but kids are curious too, so we’re lucky a puppy found this one and not a kid,” Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said. 

The two officers who responded to the apartment complex when the gun was found suggested making Ryder an honorary K-9, and Chief Holtzman said it was a great opportunity to remind people about gun safety. 

“Credit goes to our officers on this one for understanding that they could turn kind of an odd story into something positive, and we could get the message out about gun safety and really just knowing your surroundings,” he told WITN

Ryder’s not done helping people just yet. According to her owner, Ryder will be undergoing training soon to become a certified therapy dog. 

“Pit bulls can do good things,” said Ryder’s owner, Jasmin East. “It’s all about how you train them and raise them. They’re good family dogs.” 

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