From Shelter Dog To Canine Cop: Police Select Homeless Dog To Be Department’s Newest K-9 Recruit

Boomer is training to become an explosives detection dog with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in New Jersey.

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Boomer apparently had too much energy and was surrendered at a shelter. A police officer saw potential and now the dog is training to become an explosives detection K-9. Via Morris County Sheriff's Office/Facebook
John Virata

A dog who was given up at a shelter because he was apparently too high energy can thank a police officer and his son for pulling him out of the shelter and getting him on the road to a life as a K-9.

Sheriff’s Detective Cpl. Mike McMahon of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in Morristown, New Jersey, was at the Parsippany Animal Shelter with his son, trying to adopt a bearded dragon lizard when he was told by Parsippany Animal Control Officer Kaitlin Kopshaw that a dog at the shelter, then named Becker, would make a good K-9 police dog candidate.

McMahon was introduced to Becker, who had already been to several homes but was returned because he had a “tremendous amount of energy.” McMahon then did some preliminary tests of Becker’s abilities. McMahon’s colleague, Detective Sgt. Aaron Tomasini of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section, concluded with McMahon that Becker, renamed Boomer, qualified to train as an explosive detection dog.

Posted by Morris County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

“The K-9 Section will train Boomer to perform his expected duties while continuing to provide a high level of service to the residents of Morris County at no expense to the taxpayers,” Sheriff James M. Gannon said in a press release.

Boomer will receive 12 to 14 weeks of obedience and bomb sniffing training and will then join the police department’s K-9 unit. And that is not a bad gig considering he was most recently at a shelter looking for his forever home.

“An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself very often,” Tomasini said. “Having the ability to create a happy ending of a bad situation is truly inspiring. It just proves that every dog has a purpose.”

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