Kansas police hope to change perception of pit bulls with new drug detective

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Stafford Police Department recently employed Kano, a 55-pound pit bull puppy. He completed his first drug bust on Monday. (Photo: Stafford Police Department)

STAFFORD, Kan. (AP) -- Police in central Kansas have a new drug detective: a pit bull that was rescued by a Texas organization and trained for law enforcement work.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Stafford Police Department recently employed Kano, a 55-pound pit bull puppy. He completed his first drug bust on Monday.

The department believes Kano is the first pit bull to work in such a role in Kansas.

Kano trained with Universal K9, a San Antonio-based organization that rescues pit bulls and trains them for police work. The organization partnered with the Animal Farm Foundation to start a grant program to train rescue pit bulls to locate narcotics or explosives.

Officer Mason Paden is Kano's handler. He says the breed is "misunderstood," and he hopes to change people's perception of the breed.


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