A pit bull named Kano is the first police K9 in the state of Kansas and this week, he participated in his first drug bust. According to the Stafford Police Department, Kano is a full blood Red Nose pit bull whose unique eye color and markings led to him being named for a character from Mortal Combat.
Kano hails from San Antonio, Texas – his first owner, Packo, dreamed that one day Kano (formerly Spike) would be a police dog, but apartment rules forced the dog to be rehomed to one of Packo’s friends in Negras, Mexico.
Kano’s journey to become a working police K9 began when the Animal Farm Foundation and Universal K9 located him at the Viva Dog Training in Negras. While still a pup, Kano embarked on an eight-week-long training course at Universal K9. After the first training session wrapped up, Kano was approved for a two week handlers course which started October 16, 2017.
Kano’s handler, Officer Mason Paden, has stated that the young pit bull chose him at training – he said, “he came to me without hesitation.”
Kano, who is trained in locating Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, and Ecstasy, graduated on October 27. His handler admires the young dog’s desire to work, he said, “Kano knows when he comes out it’s time to go to work. Anyone who watches him work can and will see the drive this dog has, not only that but how incredible these dogs are.”
Officer Paden has always been “pro-pit bull,” stating that the dogs are “misunderstood.” He is looking forward to showing the world just how amazing Kano can be; he said:
“Kano and I plan to get out there and help try to change the bad name that so many have given the Pit Bull.”
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