When a yellow lab puppy was abandoned at an Austin, Texas animal shelter, he was going to be put down until staff noticed he has an excellent nose. Luke the lab was less than a year old and they thought he could be a good police dog, so they contacted Universal K9, a group that trains shelter dogs to be canine cops. And little Luke’s life was saved.
Police officer Joel Fields from Missouri was looking for a police dog for his department and wanted one that didn’t just sniff out drugs, but could be around kids and school programs as well. Universal K9 matched them up and Fields trained to be Luke’s handler.
This canine cop has only been on the job for two months, but he’s already helped with almost a dozen major drug busts. “He has a great nose,” says Fields. “When he detects something, he’s very focused and determined. I don’t think I could have found a better dog for this kind of work.”