Adopted Shelter Pup Turns Into Working Hero

Tucked away inside of animal shelter kennel runs are dozens upon dozens of homeless dogs with tremendous potential. Potential to be amazing agility stars, working police canines, service dogs, therapy dogs, devoted companions, or perhaps a crime-solving arson dog like Quincy.

Quincy, a Labrador retriever mix who is currently in the running for the American Humane Hero Dog of the year, was just a puppy when he was adopted by Assistant Fire Marshal Ron Neuberger from the Pet Pal Animal Rescue in St. Petersburg, Florida. Quincy showed signs of being an exceptionally special dog early on – while still with the shelter, he was paired up to provide companionship to a dog who had been injured and was temporarily blinded.

After joining Neuberger’s family, it soon became apparent that Quincy had the potential to be much more than just a beloved pet. Quincy was inquisitive, easy to train and he had an exceptional nose. Neuberger recognized his adopted puppy’s potential and decided that Quincy had the necessary skills to become an accelerant detection dog. Sure enough, Quincy made it through his extensive (and expensive!) training and he went on to become one of just 120 Arson detection dogs in the country.

Over the past several years Quincy has been responsible for putting over 100 arsonists behind bars. Quincy works with Clearwater Fire and Rescue, and he is the only Arson dog in the county – according to the American Humane Hero Dog profile for Quincy, he has assisted ALL fire departments in Pinellas County, as well as multiple surrounding counties.

Suffice to say, Quincy is a hard-working dog who has proved to be an invaluable asset in the fight against arson crime. This July, Quincy will be retiring from his arson detection work and moving on to relaxing days of dog park visits and sleeping on the family ottoman.

Read more about Quincy at this link to the American Humane Hero Dog Awards.




(Image via Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Elaine Whinston says:

    What. a wonderful dog! Inspiring and heartwarming!

  2. Elaine Whinston says:

    What. a wonderful dog!

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