CLAY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A worker at a Marysville shelter saw the potential in a pit bull that faced euthanization. Now, Leonard the dog is set to become the first ever pit bull K9 officer!

The Union County Humane Society said Leonard came to their shelter several months ago. Unfortunately, the staff found Leonard was aggressive, and not suitable for adoption. That meant he was on the list to be euthanized.

But Humane Society Director Jim Alloway saw a different kind of future for Leonard.

Meet the first official certified pit bull police dog in Ohio. This is Leonard. Rescued first by the Union County Humane Society and trained by Storm Dog Tactical

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Alloway has a background working with police dogs and thought Leonard had great potential for law enforcement.

“I walked out with a squeegee. He ran up and bit it and then he went running through the yard. I knew it was a special characteristic. He wasn’t being aggressive. He wanted to play,” said Alloway.

He contacted Storm Dog K9 Training, and while the staff was unsure of what to expect because they’d never trained a pit bull, they started working with him. Leonard had no training and knew no commands, but they quickly discovered he loved to play! So, they were able to train him to sniff out the odors of drugs, and then get rewarded with a toy.