Last year, the Junction City-Geary County Animal Shelter in Kansas took in a young, emaciated German Shepherd that had only known a life of abuse.
She was frail, starving, and frightened…but no one had any idea what future was in store for her! Not only would she recover, but she’d one day become a K-9 police officer.
On October 7, 2018, the animal shelter welcomed an abused female German shepherd dog that only weighed 27 pounds (an adult of the breed should weigh anywhere between 50 and 70 pounds).
She had a very deep wound that wrapped around her muzzle. The shelter staff thought that she was once bound with rope, wire, string or a rubber band. No one could be sure, but it was most likely why she was so underweight.
How was she to eat if she couldn’t even open her mouth?
She was named “Nova” at the shelter; someone must’ve known she would one day be a big star!
Less than 6 months after being cruelly abandoned, she was adopted and working hard to make a name for herself.
A wounded, scarred nose couldn’t even stop Nova. She became certified in both narcotics detection and tracking through the Heart of America Police Dog Association with Geary County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Justin Stopper as her handler.
It took this clever pup less than four months to achieve that goal. Not only that, but she was officially certified on her handler’s birthday!
We thought we could provide a tool for the county that somebody discarded and it was at no cost to the taxpayers,” Stopper said via KAKE. “Even her adoption fee to cover veterinary care was paid by an anonymous donation.”
The staff at the shelter were thrilled to hear about Nova’s success. Not only did she quickly find a home, but she also found a purpose.
A dog with such a horrendous past can now save the lives of innocent police officers and civilians.