Rescued Pit Bull Joins Police Department’s K-9 Unit
The story that got him there is truly amazing.
If every dog has his day, then last Thursday was definitely Nibble the pit bull's.
It was the first day of his new gig as a K-9 officer at the Craven County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina.
According to a Facebook post shared by the sheriff's office, Nibbles will be joining their team of canines to help the squad "fight against drugs being trafficked and sold in Craven County."
Nibbles and 30 other dogs were picked up by law enforcement after they were found to be part of a suspected dog-fighting operation in Canada. Since the pit bull breed is banned in the country, the dogs couldn't be adopted by the public, so they were held in Canada for over two years.
In 2017, after massive protests and public outcry, the dogs were released to Rob Scheinberg, the founder of an animal sanctuary in Florida called Dog Tales Rescue.
That's when a group called the Throw Away Dogs Project reached out about getting Nibbles into their training program. The non-profit rehabilitates dogs to make a positive impact on communities by having them join police departments.
"Nibbles exhibited all the qualities of a true working dog, and I was ready to make a statement — a very bold statement," the organization's founder Carol Skaziak told This Dog's Life. "Nibbles spent a little over a year with Throw Away Dogs, training and working on becoming a true K-9 working dog."
Nibbles found his placement with the Craven County Sheriff's Office when Rebecca Hopper, a police investigator, reached out to Throw Away Dogs for help with adding another dog to their team.
"Due to the agency not having a budget for the K-9s, I began searching for K-9 grants from government agencies," Hopper said. "This is where I came across Throw Away Dogs Project. After doing research on this amazing organization, I applied for a K-9 to be donated to our agency."
Nibbles poses with his new partner & BFF Deputy McCaw. Throw Away Dogs Project/Facebook
After Nibbles completed his training, he was relocated to Craven County where he joined the sheriff's squad, and also met his new partner and best friend, Deputy McCaw.
McCaw and Nibbles were partnered together to fight against drug trafficking in the community. And, judging by photos that the sheriff's office shared with the two smiling and playing together, it appears to be a match made in heaven.