Shelter Dog, Rescued From Neglectful Situation, Is Now A Police K9

A mixed breed dog, who was once living in a neglectful situation, is now a working police K9. His name is Jester and after being taken from his prior owner, he wound up at the Winnipeg Humane Society. At the shelter he was finally able to enjoy quality food (no longer forced to eat oatmeal and Kraft macaroni) and he put on much needed weight.

Staff at the animal shelter commonly notify Sgt. Wally Antoniuk, with the Winnipeg Police Department, about shelter dogs who show the potential to become police canines and the homeless dog in the shelter’s care appeared to have “the right stuff” to make the cut.

According to the animal shelter, Jester, a Labrador retriever/Border Collie mix, not only exhibited high drive and a desire to play fetch, but he was friendly. The combination was exactly what Sgt. Antoniuk was looking for. Jester spent months training to be part of the police force and in May 2017, he was officially on the job as a bomb detector dog.

Jester is an exceptional dog who keeps getting better and better. He is able to recognize 14 common explosive scents, and he can detect around 22,000 manufactured explosives. Jester is so skilled with his detection ability that his potential is only limited by Sgt. Antoniuk’s imagination.

Sgt. Antoniuk commented on the Department’s decision to accept a shelter dog (something which is rare) to the police K9 program, “anytime a dog with this kind of potential comes along, you wouldn’t want to pass it up.”

See Jester in action in this video of a training exercise:

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 comment

  1. Martha Jones says:

    Makes me incredibly happy to see and shelter dogs setting such great examples. Nothing wrong with the usual breeds except their cost. That money can certainly be better spent. Purebreds will still be in demand, at least until shelter dogs (many are purebreds) displace them.

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