Rescue Dogs Graduate From Weapons & Drugs Detection Training Program

Baylee Friday
December 13, 2019 - 2:47 pm
 K-9 Sector’s Weapons and Drugs Detection training program

Credit: Baylee Friday, 1080 KRLD

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FERRIS (1080 KRLD) - Someone let the dogs out ... of school.

Today in Ferris, four rescue dogs graduated from K-9 Sector’s Weapons and Drugs Detection training program.

Raven, Bravo, Maverick and Riggs were all rescued from kill shelters across the US. The Animal Farm Foundation specifically chose them to train as Narcotics Detection K-9 units. Of the four dogs, three are classified as pit-bulls.

“We try to end discrimination for dogs and people,” Erich Stephenson with Animal Farm said. “Dogs that are labeled pit bull— those are the kind of dogs we’re trying to take out of shelters.”

Animal Farm Foundation pairs with Sector K-9 in Midlothian to train the dogs and donate them to police stations around the country. 

“It’s a special program,” Sector K-9’s owner Wes Keeling said. “A lot of these police departments, they could never be able to afford this. These dogs are worth $10,000 - $15,000.”

The dogs metaphorically walked the stage during a small graduation program at Ferris ISD. Next, they’ll begin their new careers as Drug Detection dogs.