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Street dogs to police dogs


POSTED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:49pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:17pm

According to ASPCA, almost one million dogs are euthanized in the United States each year. In the meantime, police departments are spending tens of thousands of dollars to bring pure-bred, trained dogs over from Europe.

Brad Croft decided there needed to be some changes. Croft and his team at Universal K9inc., rescue dogs from shelters and train them into highly-qualified police dogs.

Whether it be in tracking, narcotics, or explosives, his dogs exceed expectations. He says it doesn’t take a German shepherd to do what police canines do. His dogs can do it all and more.

The team doesn’t stop there.

Croft said he realized there were smaller departments who couldn’t afford to spend thousands on a pure-bred dog and he wanted to help. After his dogs are rescued and trained, he donates them to those smaller departments, for free.

His team has trained 60 dogs so far this year and isn’t slowing down.

Their Indiegogo Campaign is kicking off. Their goal is to raise $300,000 through Help Dogs Help Us. The funds will go to buying the special canine vehicles police departments need to keep their dogs safe, the handling course for those officers to learn how to be a K-9 officer, and of-course, to help care for the dogs.

To learn more about Universal K9 or to help out with their Indiegogo Campaign, check out their website at

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