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Abandoned pit bull may become first to join New York police department

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Several communities across the country have enacted breed bans on pit bulls, but now a police department in New York is taking a closer look at the breed.

In fact, the Poughkeepsie Police Department is hoping that one pit bull will change a negative stigma on the breed.

“Unlike what I had heard in the past about the dogs, she is social. She’s smart. She’s agile and she was fairly easy to train,” said Deputy George Carlson, a K9 trainer for Ulster County Sheriff’s Department.

According to CBS 2, Kiah was found at a Texas animal shelter after her owner was arrested for animal cruelty.

She has been trained and may become the first pit bull police dog in Poughkeepsie.

Experts say she will be used to sniff out drugs and find missing people.