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From the streets to the police force: Rescue dog becomes narcotics dog

From the streets to the police force:Rescue dog becomes narcotics dog (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Wildflower is a dainty name for an energetic dog.

"She was a brilliant dog. She was always looking for something to do," said Tina Hunter, executive director of the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society.

That is why a home was not her best fit after she came into the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society.

"We researched for groups that trained in narcotics detection," said Hunter.

Hunter says it was hard to find a place for Wildflower because of her breed.

"It's not that common. Pitbulls tend to have a negative stigma in the public, so a lot of departments and agencies are cautious on taking on a pit bull," said Hunter.

Eventually Wildflower was set up with the Throw Away Dogs Project, and she has been training with them since August in Pennsylvania.

"Their prey drive and their noses make them perfect candidates for scent detection. They are focused dogs and they do very, very well," said Hunter.

Now, Wildflower will graduate tomorrow and go on to serve as a narcotics dog with an Oklahoma police department.

"It saves the community money, it saves the police department money, for us it's saving life, and it's bringing awareness to a bread that ultimately, sometimes is euthanized in shelters just because of the bread," said Hunter.

Wildflower is not the only dog the shelter has found a job for. They've helped other rescues get jobs on farms, trained as service dogs, and even have a dog that now works in customs.

"We are always looking out for dogs that would benefit people in different ways," said Hunter.

To donate to Throw Away Dogs, you can go to their website.

To donate to the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society, you can go to their website.

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