This is Buck's photo from Carrollton Animal Services

    Buck, a Lab mix whose euthanization date had been set at Carrollton Animal Services last December has a new lease on life.   At the last possible moment, Buck had an opportunity to qualify for a course at Universal K9 in San Antonio which would train him to work in law enforcement.  Joe Skenesky, staff supervisor at CAS, administered the tasks which Buck had to excel at  in order to be accepted for the course.

    Brad Croft of Universal K9 is on a mission to dispel the myth that canines who work in law enforcement have to be German Shepherds who are specially bred and cost tens of thousands of dollars.  The trainers at Universal K9 are preparing former shelter dogs who possess the qualities needed to be successful in law enforcement.   These dogs are being trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, even bed bugs!

    Buck has been training since December and the report from Universal K9 is that "he is doing great".  This month he will be paired with a law enforcement officer who will be his partner.   Buck will have completed his journey from shelter dog to "Backing the Blue."

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