Stray-turned Texas police K-9 up for ‘Hero Dog’ award

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Harley was a stray, a pit bull mix picked up in Williamson County who had been in the shelter for nine months. No one wanted him because of his breed, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter told Round Rock police, but one officer tasked with finding and training a dog saw something in Harley. He hopes others see what makes him so special.

Harley had “tremendous drive,” Officer Noah Moncivais wrote. In 2014, Harley became K9 Harley, training to detect narcotics as well as track during search and rescues and area searches. The next year, he helped with search and rescue efforts during the devastating Memorial Day Floods in Central Texas. 

His next mission: trying to win the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. He’s one of 12 finalists in the Law Enforcement category. The winner is determined by an online vote, which closed at 2 p.m. Central Time on May 2. Harley is competing against dogs from around the country, including some who were trained or served in the military before working for local police departments.

There are seven other categories people can vote for, and they can cast one vote in each category every day. Kaxan — the little dog found running behind the KXAN studio in 2012 — is among those vying for the top spot in the therapy dog category.

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