Nova, a German Shepherd, was surrendered at the Junction City/Geary County Animal Shelter in Kansas weighing only 27 pounds. Her weight was less than half of the ideal for her breed. Moreover, it was very obvious that Nova was a victim of abuse as she had a deep, open wound around her muzzle. Someone had tried to permanently shut the poor dog’s mouth.
The wound around Nova’s snout had left a permanent scar.
Despite the harsh treatment that Nova received from her previous owner, she maintained her sweet and gentle demeanor towards humans. The shelter staff had high hopes that Nova would get back to her feet and be able to find her forever home after her recovery.
Meanwhile, Geary County Sheriff’s Department is looking for another dog to add up to their K9 department. They have thought of getting a shelter dog instead so that it will not add cost to the taxpayers. Moreover, some of the police officers have experience handling and training dogs. Detective Bradley Rose, K9 handler Sgt. Chris Ricard, and Lt. Justin Stopper will work together in training the dog to become a K9 police officer.
The three police officers visited the Junction City/Geary County Animal Shelter to look for a dog that they could train to become a K9 police officer. During that time, Nova was still not available for adoption as she was recovering from her wounds and starting to gain weight. The police officers were not interested in Nova because of her breed; they were looking for a non-aggressive dog because he/she would be trained for search and rescue and drug detection. Vanessa Gray, shelter director, convinced the officers to give Nova a chance.
As soon as they saw sweet Nova, they all fell in love with her. They waited for Nova to recover, and as soon as she got a clean bill of health, her training started. The officers were surprised that Nova was able to learn quickly and was able to form a strong bond with Lt. Stopper who was going to be her handler. In four months, Nova finished her training in narcotics detection and tracking with flying colors!
Geary County Sheriff’s Department is so proud of Nova! The whole department is happy to see her progress, from being trash to a hero. They all believe that Nova will do great and amazing for the whole team. Nova is a constant reminder that a dog can be at their best, they only needed people to believe in them.
Soar high, Nova!
Photo courtesy of Junction City Animal Shelter via Facebook