Labrador evacuated from Ukraine finds a new life in the US as a police K9

 The ongoing war in Ukraine has upended millions of lives, including those of animals. As many people work to get them to safety, many animals have been separated from their homes and left stranded in dangerous areas.

Thankfully, one dog evacuated from Ukraine has found a “new leash on life,” after getting a new job in the US as a police K9.

Bruno, a one-and-a-half-year-old Labrador, was rescued from war-torn Ukraine and brought to Southwest Florida.

“So Bruno has been a world traveler thus far in his life, he came from Ukraine, his family left Ukraine when the Russian invasion happened,” Bruno’s new handler Detective Harrison Williams told WINK News.

However, after being uprooted from his home by war, Bruno quickly recovered and found a new purpose: a German K9 handler recognized the dog’s potential as a police K9 and contacted the Fort Myers Police Department about a possible new recruit to their narcotics division.

“I said, ‘This dog has some drive to work, let’s see if we can put him to work,’” Detective Williams said. “He arrived in Miami International Airport after a 10-hour flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and I drove down to Miami to pick him up.”

Bruno is now training to be a narcotics detection dog for the Fort Myers Police Department. “Bruno will be a single purpose narcotics detection canine assigned to our Group Violence Intervention Unit,” according to the department’s Facebook post.

It’s hard work, but Bruno has shown a ton of enthusiasm for his new job.

“He runs to jump in the truck, ready to go,” Williams told WINK.

We’re relieved that Bruno is safe and out of Ukraine, and we wish him the best of luck in his new career as a police K9!

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