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Pit bull police dog defies breed's savage stereotypes


 STONE RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- The new rookie at one New York police department is bucking stereotypes as well as fighting crime.

   When Kiah the pit bull graduates from K9 school Friday, she will become one of just a few pit bulls serving in law enforcement around the country. She was found in a Texas animal shelter after her previous owner was arrested for animal cruelty.

   Kiah is joining the Poughkeepsie Police Department thanks to two animal welfare organizations and a Texas company that trains police dogs. The three groups cooperated as part of an effort to dispel the pit bull's reputation for violence.

   Expensive breeds like German shepherds are more commonly used for law enforcement.

   Kiah's handler is Officer Justin Bruzgul. He says the dog is hard-working, friendly and high-energy -- all the makings for an outstanding K9 officer.

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