Police dog is still at the pound after two years because no one wants her

Dog in pond
Who could say no to that face? (Picture: Tom Mitchell)
Flash – a mix between a Belgian Malinois and a German shepherd – is the perfect police dog. Her intelligence and temperament made her the ideal candidate to sniff out the bad stuff. She’d initially strolled into a Connecticut shelter one day as a stray but after animal control officers noticed her agility, she was referred to a law enforcement agency for training. Specialising in narcotics detection and suspect apprehension, Flash was all set to move down to Texas to become a K9 on the force.

But sadly for her, they picked a different dog so Flash has been stuck at the pound ever since.

That was two years ago and Flash is still looking for a forever home.

But now the three-year-old is too old to be trained as a fully-fledged K9 but is too ‘alpha’ to work as a service dog.

Tom Mitchell, Harwinton’s animal control officer says she would be perfect for a police or military veteran as she is extremely alert and protective. And thankfully, since posting Flash’s story online, Tom’s been inundated with requests from people looking to give her a loving home.

Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

Animal shelter officer with Flash the police dog
Since sharing Flash’s story, Tom has been inundated with requests to adopt Flash (Picture: Tom Mitchell)

‘It’s my mission to find this amazing dog a home other than the pound,’ says Tom who believes Flash is too dominant to work as a service dog.

But she does have some tendencies that potential new owners might need to be aware of.

‘If she doesn’t know you and you try to do something, she’s going to try and stop you,’ adds Tom.

He also advises that it’s best to keep little children away from Flash, though it’s reported she loves them.

Flash the police dog
But sadly Flash is too old to be trained as a fully-fledged police dog (Picture: Tom Mitchell)

Flash may be perfect for anyone who wants a clever dog who is intuitive, but she’ll keep them on their toes.

Tom says: ‘She has the potential to outsmart someone that doesn’t know what they’re doing.’

Tom adds that he would love to take her in but doesn’t have the space for her but is urging anyone who does to take the gorgeous canine in.

You can keep up to date with Flash’s journey and other potential pets on the Harwinton Animal Control Facebook group.

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