Pit Bull Loses Chance To Protect And Serve Because of Breed Discrimination


It’s sad news when a dog loses the opportunity to live up to their potential. Nova is a young pit bull mix who recently said goodbye to her future as a police K9 because of her breed.

iHeartDogs was contacted by Kayla Murray with Austin Pets Alive! Who shared Nova’s story with us, and our hearts broke for her when we heard that she had lost her chance to protect and serve.

“Nova is a 2-year-old pittie mix who just completed her narcotics detection training at the Universal K9 (UK9) training facility in San Antonio. She was ready to be paired with a law enforcement officer but unfortunately, UK9 was raided by the FBI this week on suspicion of fraud. Along with 25 other dogs, Nova was taken to San Antonio Animal Services, where they used her microchip to connect her to Austin Pets Alive (APA). APA called her volunteer champion, David Loignon, and he picked her up in San Antonio and took her back to APA.

“Nova entered the Austin shelter system last year, and quickly began to decline. She is a very smart dog and though she is dog-friendly she got picked on a lot in play-groups. Once it was discovered that Nova was was extremely ball driven, and knowing this was a trait of dogs who can do well in law enforcement, David contacted UK9. They asked him to record a series of tests which she passed. Nova was quickly accepted into their program and David took her there a few months ago.”

“Nova completed her training last month and was waiting for the next class of handlers so she could be matched with a law-enforcement officer. Sadly, that will no longer happen through UK9. Sadder still is that she could potentially lose all the training due to her being a pittie. While David was picking up Nova, a team from the U.S. Air Force was evaluating several of the UK9 dogs for their law enforcement teams. David asked if they had evaluated Nova, and was told that the Air Force does not accept pit bulls. Nova is a sweet girl, with a huge heart, who loves everyone she meets. What a waste of drive, talent and skill, all due to her blocky head and stocky body.

“Nova is safe at APA and stands a chance of being adopted. However, she could also decline quickly and begin the kennel behavior that made adopters originally pass her by. The thought of her lingering in the shelter and erasing all the effort that’s gone into giving her the life she was meant for, and deserves, is heartbreaking.”

Are you interested in fostering or adopting Nova? Or perhaps your local law enforcement agency is looking for a new K9? Contact Austin Pets Alive! for more information about Nova.

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