K9 Neville has quite a story. When Ontario, Canada, Attorney General Michael Bryant used his position to harm and kill the breeds he fears so much, all bull breeds were at risk. The law Bryant enacted meant all unclaimed bull breeds in Ontario shelters were to be killed – or worse – sent to research laboratories. A dedicated group called Bullies In Need started working frantically (and still are) to find homes outside of Ontario for the “refugee” bulldogs.
With the help of an anonymous donor who paid his airfare, a veterinarian clinic which let him stay a week for free, many volunteers who helped transport, and a kind woman in Washington state (Carrina Collard) who took him in, Neville was saved. Once in Washington and looking for a home, Neville tried out for the LawDogs program and was a huge success!
Nev is a working explosives K9 for the Washington State Patrol, the state’s premiere law enforcement agency. He regularly screens vehicles on the Washington State ferry system – currently rated the United States most “at risk” transportation system. He is also called upon to do such varied tasks as search for spent bullet casings at crime scenes, respond to bomb threats and search for explosives at Seattle-Tacoma International airport.
Neville’s handler, Trooper Dave Dixon, can’t say enough good about his partner who lives in the house with a male Labrador and a male beagle. K9 Neville is very popular with ferry riders, and has even been kissed by Gray’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo! K9 Neville could not have gotten a better handler! Trooper Dave Dixon takes awesome care of this partner, looking out for him, keeping him comfortable and giving him a lot of love.
Canada’s loss is the United States’ gain! One country kicked him out due to racial profiling, fear and prejudice – and now he proudly works for US Homeland Security!
Update – 04.07: K9 Neville has become a favorite with regular ferry riders and continues to make finds of guns, fireworks, bullets and other “explosives”. Bomb dogs don’t rack up “finds” like dope dogs – yet their work is even more important. Let us hope K9 Neville continues to do his job – and never does find a bomb!