New York’s First Pit Bull Police Dog Reminds Us to Cover Face
The first police pit bull K-9 in New York comes from the Hudson Valley. She's now being used to spread an important message in the battle with COVID-19.
Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced all New Yorkers must have their face covered when in public when social distancing can't be maintained.
Cuomo knows its a "small inconvenience” to wear a mask, but it can help lessen the spread of the virus. He later said he is wearing a mask when he's walking his dog because he can't maintain social distancing.
"I wear the mask and my daughter wears a mask. The dog doesn’t wear a mask," he joked.
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The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is home to New York's first pit bull police dog and is using their K-9 to remind people to wear a facemask.
In a series of photos, police showed "Kiah" wearing a face mask.
"Kiah wants everyone to stay safe and wear a face-covering! Just to CLARIFY this mask is for the picture only," CPPD K-9 Kiah wrote on Facebook while sharing the photos.
Kiah began working in the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department in 2015 as a narcotics and missing person’s detection dog.
Kiah arrived in New York after her previous owner was arrested for animal cruelty. The four-legged furry friend was found beaten and abandoned in a parking lot in Texas.