Leigh's Lost and Found: Turning a stray rescue dog into a certified K9 officer

In our Leigh's Lost and Found today, we're featuring a stray pup that is now a star K9 cop in the Ozarks.

At the command to go find it, Freya is off, searching out this narcotics block that mimics the smell of marijuana.

"Where is it? Where is it?"

Her correct answer gets her rewarded with her favorite toy by her boss and owner Justin Brumbell, the Birch Tree police chief.

"Over the course of nine months, we did training every day. Then we started introducing some scents."

Justin also runs WMB Rare Breed dog training. With the help of his training partner, Freya learned dozens of commands and scents and was officially certified as a K9 officer just weeks ago.

"She's now certified in heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana"

And Freya put those skills to work right away with her first drug bust.

"I brought her out after I got the got out of his car, detained him and put him in handcuffs and put him in the patrol car. I ran her around the car and she indicated at the door panel. I then put her back in the vehicle. I started searching and found approximately 10 grams of marijuana."

"I think it's amazing. She's going to be a real asset to our community."

Birch Tree's mayor David Trotter wasn't the only one amazed as Freya put on a show for us at a local dog boarding facility.

Instead of having to shell out big money for a pure bred dog, Justin turned this stray into the perfect partner.

"You' don't have to spend a bunch of money to get a dog like this. We're on a shoestring budget in our city and Justin has done all this himself. Real proud of him."

Justin says any rescue dog will do, if you're willing to put in the time and training effort.

"There are a lot of agencies going for Labradors now. I've even seen Poodles. I've seen Dobermans."

And once they're done chasing down the bad guys for the day, Freya gets to load up in Justin's truck and go home to be a pampered family pet.

"She knows when it's work time and when it's play time. And when it's work time, she gets geared up and amped up just like dad does. She definitely knows the two differences."

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