PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — When a family adopted a 2-year-old pit bull from the Pflugerville Animal Shelter and realized she was too much dog for them, the shelter didn’t put her back on the adoption list, but rather decided to put her into training courses and make her a K-9.
Through a partnership with Starmark Academy, Coco spent there months getting basic and advanced obedience training as well as scent detection. Once she she completed that training, the Pflugerville Animal Shelter sent her, along with two other dogs, to Universal K9 to be fully trained and transformed into police K-9s.
Universal K9 usually looks for shelter dogs that are intelligent, energetic and have a high toy and hunt drive, which makes them suitable for narcotics and/or explosives detection work. The dog is donated to the program through a Police Grant to help cover the costs of training a K-9 and to place it with a law enforcement agency.
Once Coco completed her coursework, Universal K9 placed her with Commerce ISD, a school district in North Texas. Coco will be the district’s first ever K-9 narcotics dog.
“There is value in shelter dogs,” said Pflugerville Animal Shelter Director Rhonda McLendon McLendon, “and these former Pflugerville shelter dogs are making the world a safer place.” Coco is the second shelter dog from Pflugerville to be placed as a narcotics dog this year.