Prior to graduating from a training course with their new human deputy partners, Phantom and Sarah were just two of countless pit bulls languishing in shelters, unloved. Fortunately, both had an organization step in to give them purpose and a home to call their own.
Phantom was pulled from a Texas shelter by UniversalK9, a group that rescues and trains shelter pups for use in law enforcement. Sarah came from a shelter in New York, and got her second chance thanks to the Animal Farm Foundation.
Not only did this save Phantom and Sarah from their uncertain futures, according to the sheriff's office, it saved taxpayers money:
"The two foundations have taken on the mission to show that Departments do not need to spend $15-$20,000 for a purebred German shepherd or Belgian Malinois to search and find illegal drugs, at the same time giving dogs destined for a life in a shelter or euthanasia a second chance at life serving Law Enforcement Officers and Departments around the country."