Toy Obsessed, Un-adoptable Dog Becomes Ohio’s First Pit Bull K9

Leonard, Ohio's first pit bull police K9

A pit bull named Leonard is rather obsessed with toys – so much so that an animal shelter determined that the formerly homeless dog could not be someone’s pet. Leonard’s over-the-top toy drive may not make him the perfect household companion, but it does meld well with police work.

Leonard’s high ball drive essentially resulted in a failing grade at the Union County Humane Society, but the shelter’s director, Jim Alloway, knew that extreme “drive” was an asset for law enforcement work.

After being evaluated by Storm Dog Tactical, and found to have “exactly” what was needed to be an amazing narcotics detection dog, Leonard went through training and was then adopted (and hired!) by the Clay Township Police Department – K9 Leonard has officially become the first pit bull police canine in the state of Ohio.

According to the department, Leonard is now known as “Detective Leonard,” and he will be on duty patrolling the Genoa School District to keep the area free of drugs.  Clay Chief of Police Terry Mitchell told WTOL News:

“He showed everything he needed to do law enforcement. The only thing this dog does is find narcotics. He doesn’t track, he doesn’t apprehend people, he doesn’t bite he doesn’t have any aggression training, he doesn’t find lost articles. He finds narcotics.”

Though the Humane Society did not feel that Leonard would fit well into a household, he does have a real home – when he isn’t busy working, he gets to head home with the chief, who told WTOL, that Leonard likes to “climb on your lap and give you kisses” as much as anything else.

(Screenshots via WTOL News)

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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.