Might 26, 2021
Burlington Metropolis police have a brand new recruit and he has a great deal of power and a nostril for sniffing out hassle.
Meet Dutch. He is an 11-month-old German Shepherd-Pitbull combine who’s the most recent success story from the Burlington County Animal Shelter.
Dutch was surrendered to the shelter about three months in the past, however was rescued by the Burlington Metropolis Police Division, which is pairing the brand new recruit with Officer Justin Zeuner and his household, who not too long ago misplaced his earlier K9 companion, Tonto.
Officer Zeuner and his household accomplished the adoption of Dutch Tuesday on the Animal Shelter in Westampton and the 2 are scheduled to start coaching on the Philadelphia K9 Coaching Academy later this summer season.
Dutch is the second canine to be rescued from the shelter to be educated as a police K9 over the last yr. Arrow, a younger Belgian Malinois, was adopted by the Decrease Southampton police drive in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, after he was saved by the Rescue 22 Basis, an East Greenwich-based animal rescue group.
Arrow and his handler, Decrease Southampton Police Officer Kyle Heasley, had been amongst a big group of police and shelter volunteers who had been on the shelter for Dutch’s adoption on Tuesday, and each canines got bullet-resistant vests donated by the U.S. Battle Canine Affiliation.
“This can be a nice day to be in Burlington County. We witnessed one other canine from our shelter discover each a brand new house and a brand new occupation as a police K9 and we additionally noticed them get new protecting vests,” O’Connell mentioned. “Identical to our law enforcement officials are protected so are our four-legged officers.”
Bob Thompson, a founding member of the U.S. Battle Canine Affiliation, mentioned he discovered about Dutch and Arrow from a neighbor who volunteers on the shelter and that the group’s management shortly agreed to donate two vests. Every is valued at round $1,000, he mentioned.
“For us, it was a no brainer. It was a simple factor to do,” Thompson mentioned.
Commissioner O’Connell mentioned Dutch and Arrow are each inspiring examples of the success the shelter’s employees and volunteers have had discovering new without end houses for the canines and cats that come via the shelter’s doorways.
Near 500 canines and cats have been adopted from the shelter thus far this yr. One other 166 have been fostered by rescue teams.
Final yr, greater than 1,700 canines and cats had been adopted from the shelter.
“We’re grateful these police departments noticed the potential in these two great canines and we hope that others will hear about them and be impressed to return to our shelter and provides one other canine or cat right here an opportunity. Your subsequent companion might be ready for you,” O’Connell mentioned.
Dutch, an 11-month-old German Shepherd Pitbull combine, was adopted from the Burlington County Animal Shelter by the Burlington Metropolis Police Division and is scheduled to endure coaching to grow to be a police K9 officer.
Burlington Metropolis Police Chief John Advantageous, Burlington Metropolis Officer Justin Zeuner, Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Dan O’Connell and Burlington Metropolis Widespread Council President Ila Marie Lollar had been all current for Dutch’s adoption on Tuesday.
Burlington Metropolis Police Officer Justin Zeuner exhibits his new K9 companion Dutch a Burlington Metropolis Police patrol automotive.
Burlington County Commissioners Deputy Director Dan O’Connell was amongst a bunch of Burlington County shelter volunteers and Burlington Metropolis police who had been on the shelter on Tuesday for Dutch’s adoption. Additionally current had been Bob Thompson, a founding member of U.S. Battle Canine Affiliation, and Decrease Southampton Police Officer Kyle Heasley and his K9 Arrow.
This press launch was produced by the Burlington County Authorities. The views expressed listed below are the writer’s personal.