Pit bull mix goes from a rescue pup to a police dog

Sheeva is Littleville's newest member to the police department. She is a pit bull mix who is also a drug dog.

Posted: Dec 6, 2017 4:52 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2017 7:06 PM

A new police dog is patrolling the streets of Littleville, but she's not your typical police dog.

Sheeva is a two year old pit bull mix, who went from a rescue pup to a police dog.

Sheeva is the newest member at the Littleveille Police Department. She's only been on the force for about a month and has six drug cases under her belt.

"That's amazing," said Littleville resident, Lucy Pace. "I think it's wonderful if it stops some drugs from coming in here and being sold to our children."

Littleville officer John Cantrell is Sheeva's handler. He told WAAY 31 Sheeba came from a group named Universal K-9 in Texas. They take rescue dogs like Sheeba and train them to become police dogs for free.

"It doesn't matter what size agency or where your located at in the United States. They take care of the bill for you. To get a narcotics type dog is going to run you $10,000-$15,000 just for the dog.

Cantrell spent two weeks in Texas to train with Sheeba. She is certified to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, heroin and just about any drug you can imagine.

"She gives me a run for my money," said Cantrell.

Sheeva is kind and sweet. Cantrell said she often plays with his young daughter and doesn't have an aggressive bone in her body.
Cantrell said when they go out on a call people are often shocked because she's not the typical drug dog.

"People are normally surprised because they are expecting the stereotypical German Shepard, so everyone is shocked when they see her, but she does get a lot of compliments," said Cantrell.

The Littleville Police Department hopes Sheeva can help break some of the stereotypes pit bulls face.

Sheeva also has an Instagram page where you can look at photos of her at work.

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