Harley — Law Enforcement / Arson

Location: Austin, Texas

K9 Harley started out as a stray and found himself spending nearly nine months in the Williamson County Animal Shelter in Georgetown, Texas. In 2014, I, Noah Moncivais, had the opportunity to select and train a rescue dog from the shelter. After testing numerous dogs, K9 Harley showed tremendous drive. The shelter said that the reason K9 Harley had been overlooked was his breed (Pitbull mix). K9 Harley would be trained for three specialties: narcotics detection, tracking for search and rescue, and area searches. With the assistance of an in-house trainer, I trained K9 Harley over the next six months. K9 Harley hit the ground running and assisted patrol and narcotics units in central Texas, including the Round Rock police department. In May 2015, K9 Harley and I took on the bigger challenge of assisting with search and rescue efforts during the Memorial Day floods that affected central Texas. K9 Harley and I were deployed to disaster zones only accessible by helicopter, and attempted to locate missing loved ones. Over the following years, K9 Harley has not only had the responsibility of using the skills for which he was trained, but has also become a symbol for community policing. K9 Harley and I have completed numerous K9 demonstrations for children of all ages.

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