Apollo the pit bull’s story immediately went viral after he became a successful canine police officer in Tukwila, Washington. He continues to excel as a K-9 narcotics officer even after one year.
The journey of Apollo began with his abandonment. He was surrendered to the local shelter, where he remained for over six months while other canines were adopted by families. Despite their best attempts, the shelter ultimately determined that he was possibly too rowdy to be adopted.
The quick-thinking and concerned employees of the shelter phoned a K-9 police trainer. They believed that Apollo, who was polite, intelligent, and passionate, would be an asset to law enforcement. And they were right! Apollo was sent from the shelter to the kennels at the Department of Corrections after the trainer observed his potential while watching him do several exercises.
Despite Apollo’s acceptance by the trainer, it was difficult to persuade a police agency to select him over other K9 candidates. The dog was overlooked for a year until the Tukwila Police Department learned of him.
The trainer was confident that Apollo could finish first in K-9 narcotics school if given the opportunity. Fortunately, the department heard about it and chose to employ Apollo and provide him with a loving home. Apollo graduated first in the drugs training program and has proven to be a dedicated and enthusiastic asset to the police department.
It appeared that Apollo’s first year has been extremely successful! He was commended for his assistance in seizing $355,000 in cash and 30 pounds of illegal substances by mid-2017. He was also credited with improving the perception of pit bulls by showing the public that a properly trained and compassionate pit bull can make a fantastic pet.
His playful, affable demeanor has made him a favorite in the office, and he has earned the nickname “office social butterfly” as he greets many of his favorite individuals with large, sloppy kisses. Fans have even contributed bedding for Apollo and his companion K9 officer, Ace.
Source: Tukwila Police