Maggie — Law Enforcement and Detection
Maggie’s story as we know it begins when she was found as a stray in Long Island. She was taken to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in the fall of 2018. She was adopted by a family and returned back to the shelter. She was adopted again and sent to a paid kennel where her new owner never picked her up. She was turned back over to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. The Southern Tier Police Canine Association stepped in and evaluated her in the summer of 2020 for their Homeless to Hero Program. They determined that she had what it takes to be a Police K-9. She completed her training and was certified with her trainer and her current Handler with the Village of Owego Police Department, Officer Andrew Pike. K-9 Maggie’s story was quickly cast into the limelight with several articles, local news coverage, and even a segment on the CBS Evening News! She has already assisted in making numerous arrests and proven a valuable resource for the Village of Owego.
Maggie went from homeless to hero thanks to all those who never gave up on her. She has continued to be loving and active throughout her journey from a stray to a Police K-9. Shes always eager to work and those around her love her very much. Maggie’s story is a true example of the amazing quality dogs that can be found at shelters.