ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A shelter dog is now the newest police officer in Round Rock, thanks to her love of sniffing out crime. The police department posted this photo of K-9 recruit “Karma” on Instagram. Karma’s new handler found her at the Austin Animal Center late last month. She and several other dogs had to go through tests to be selected.
Karma will eventually sniff out drugs and help in missing person cases. She’s currently in training and will need certification to work out in the field. The Round Rock Police Department says Karma is already part of the family.
Mid-December also went to the dogs in Round Rock. Officers on the “dog pound beat” and in search of two new partners for the K-9 Unit found one on Dec. 16 at the Austin Animal Center and filled out their roster at the Williamson County Shelter. Being selected means the dog will leave a kennel’s uncertain future for life as an officer, sniffing out narcotics and such. Police prefer them young and with no bad habits, but neither the breed nor gender matter.
At last, they found their winner in mid-December, a 2-year-old bull terrier mix. Its kennel name was Kosmo, but his new partners may come up with a new name. Partners often do that.
The new recruit will undergo four- to six months of rigorous training. One of the last dogs these officers chose was already three days over the “euthanasia deadline” when they found him. He went on to a distinguished career, sniffing out $9 million worth of narcotics in just his second year.