Abused dog becomes K-9 deputy with Kansas sheriff's office

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Photo courtesy Junction City/Geary County Animal Shelter Photo courtesy Junction City/Geary County Animal Shelter
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) -

An abused German shepherd that was taken to a Kansas animal shelter last year has become a drug-sniffing K-9 with the local sheriff's office. 

KTKA reports the dog was brought to the shelter in Junction City last October. Shelter staff said she had a deep wound around her muzzle, which made them believe she had been bound with a rope or wire.

They named her Nova. 

The Geary County Sheriff's Department had discussed getting a second drug-detecting dog from a shelter, and that's when deputies found Nova.

This month, Nova became certified in narcotics detection and tracking through the heart of America Police Dog Association with her handler, Lt. Justin Stopper.

"We thought we could provide a tool for the county that somebody discarded and it was at no cost to the taxpayers," Stopper told the Topeka ABC station. "Even her adoption fee to cover veterinary care was paid by an anonymous donation."

Lt. Stopper said he was nervous when certification day came around -- nervous about how she would do while working with a partner.

"It was very rewarding for me personally," Stopper said.

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