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Trained police dog living at shelter in Harwinton for whole life looking for forever home


HARWINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Flash, a 3-year-old German Sheperd and Belgian Malinois mix, has been at the Harwinton Animal Shelter for over two years. Shelter workers said that she is a very special dog that needs a very special home.

Flash came to the pound as a stray and is extremely smart. In only a few months, she was trained as a police dog while living at animal control.

Tom Mitchell, the Animal Control Officer in Harwinton said Flash can sniff out narcotics and apprehend suspects.

Photos: Harwinton Animal Control

She was all set to head to a police department in Texas, but at the last minute, they accepted a dog that was closer.

“There was a police force right on the border of Mexico that was interested in her. She was going to be checking vehicles for narcotics as they came over the border. But those plans fell through.”

– Tom Mitchell, Animal Control Officer, Harwinton, CT

Now, she’s looking for the perfect home.

Mitchell said Flash needs structure and lots of activity and space to run.

News 8’s Noelle Gardner speaks to Animal Control Officer in Harwinton about finding the right home for Flash the police-trained dog.

He told News 8 that Flash would not be ideal for a home with children, but rather, best for a home with one or two very active adults.

Tom Mitchell adding, “She’s a very high-energy dog that just wants to go, go, go.”

Mitchell is also looking for someone who has experience with her breed.

Mitchell is very attached to Flash. He is at the shelter seven days a week, night and day taking care of her.

“My goal for her is to just find what’s best for her other than me,” Mitchell said.

About 20 dogs have been adopted since Flash has been at the shelter, now she is the only dog left at Animal Control.

If you think you are the right fit for Flash, call Tom Mitchell at (860) 806-8743.

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