Libby the pit bull was just about to complete her training as a drug detection dog. Yet the story could have been so much more tragic if not for the intervention of the family that saved her. Libby was saved because Marcia Poitter, of the rescue group Operation Pets Alive, believes that pit bulls tend to have an undeserved negative reputation, and the one she saw how beautiful and playful Libby was. Libby is the only surviving member of her family, with all her siblings having been euthanised in the Texas animal shelter.
“Everybody liked to watch her play with the water hose, chasing and pouncing on any liquid that came out,” said her rescuer. A playful nature wouldn’t be something that had her put in a regular home though, because visitors to the shelter also had those same negative views of pit bulls.
After three years of being a foster dog, Libby got a great break. Marcia enquired as to whether she would be a great working dog, and what she found out was that Libby could become a member of the canine unit. One thousand dollars would have to be raised in order for it to do so. That money was put together by a lawyer whose dog was also a rescued pit bull.
And so not only did Libby begin her training, but the canine staff in charge of training are taking on five new rescue pit bulls. As for whether her new bosses like, you only have to read this quote to see:
“It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of Libby’s story,”
“Every bust she makes, every gram of drugs she detects and clears from our streets and communities will reaffirm the incredible value of shelter dogs -– including pit bulls — and the valuable contribution they can make when given the opportunity.”