A German shepherd was brought to the Junction City-Geary County Animal shelter in October of 2018.
The shelter’s staff named her Nova. They said she had a deep wound around her muzzler, which made them think she had been bound with a rope or wire.
The Geary County Sheriff’s Department discussed getting a second drug-detecting dog from a shelter. That’s when deputies found Nova.
In March, Nova became certified in narcotics detection and tracking through the heart of America Police Dog Association with her handler, Lt. Justin Stopper.
“We thought we could provide a tool for the county that somebody discarded and it was at no cost to the taxpayers,“ Stopper said. Even her adoption fee to cover veterinary care was paid by an anonymous donation.
Stopper said he was nervous when certification day came around. He was nervous about how Nova would do while working with a new partner that day.
“It was very rewarding for me personally,“ Stopper said.
Nova now works with the Geary County Sheriff’s Department.