Rescued pit bull turns police dog thanks to Tukwila PD

Tukwila Police rescued a high-energy pit bull who was about to be euthanized, and have trained him to be a narcotics detector. (Tukwila PD photo)

TUKWILA, Wash. -- "All he needed was a chance."

Those are the words from a Washington State narcotics K-9 trainer to Tukwila Police, about a rescued pit bull who was almost euthanized because he was too high energy.

On Monday, Tukwila police introduced their latest canine, a pit bull named Apollo, on their Facebook page.

"Apollo did not come to us through the normal route that most police K-9's do," the post read. "Apollo was abandoned and sent to a shelter within the state."

According to Tukwila police, Apollo was scheduled to be euthanized, but before doing so, the shelter reached out to a Washington State narcotics K-9 trainer to see if Apollo could be a candidate for detection work.

After meeting Apollo, the trainer agreed he'd be a great narcotics dog, and placed him in a kennel at the Department of Corrections (DOC).

For 12 months, Apollo was passed up by officers who wouldn't give him a chance.

"No one would give him a chance simply because he was a pit bull who often have bad reputations based on misconceptions, and lack of training," Tukwila police said.

During their search for a police dog, the department was alerted to Apollo by the trainer who brought him in months before.

"She stated that he was a high-drive dog, and he would finish first in narcotics school if someone would give him a chance," Tukwila police said. "All he needed was a chance."

The department took a chance on Apollo, put him through narcotics school, and said he finished first in his class.

"He is extremely friendly, and can often be found trying to get us to play with him," Tukwila police said. "He has brought great joy to all of us at the department in addition to being a very productive and hard worker."

Apollo hasn't just won over the hearts of officers, he's gaining national attention as the Facebook post has been shared more than 12,000 times.

The post gained so much attention that the public has been invited to meet Apollo at Southcenter Mall Wednesday afternoon, as part of the department's "Coffee with a Cop" event at Starbucks.

The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with an appearance by Apollo around 5 p.m.

He made some friends:

More information about Apollo, and the event, can be found on the Tukwila Police Department Facebook page.

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