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First pitbull mix, first female, 2nd rescue dog: K9 Skyla joins Culpeper PD
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First pitbull mix, first female, 2nd rescue dog: K9 Skyla joins Culpeper PD


K9 Skyla and Culpeper Master Police Officer M. Satterfield are certified as a narcotics detection team and will work with investigations.

A pretty special four-legged professional just joined the local PD.

Culpeper Police KP Skyla is the department’s first female police dog, its first pitbull mix and the first assigned to the investigations division.

The 3-year-old K9 is the agency’s second rescue partner.

Skyla will be Master Police Officer M. Satterfield’s first K9 partner, according to a PD release on Friday. The duo is certified as a narcotic detection team by the American Society of Canine Trainers and will work with investigators.

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Satterfield adopted Skyla as a newborn puppy from Culpeper County Animal Shelter – originally as a family pet.

Prompted by the pending retirement this past August of K-9 Jackson and the expanding needs of the investigations team, Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins expressed a desire to have the agency’s next police dogs be rescues, the release stated.

While testing potential candidates in March, Satterfield, on a whim, tested Skyla. When she showed aptitude for narcotic detection, the pair was sent to handler school to be certified, and they were – this month.

“We deliberately chose to search for our next K9s among rescue dogs,” said Jenkins said. “Just because a dog doesn’t come from a specific breed or lineage is no reason to assume that they wouldn’t excel as part of K-9 team. It was a wonderful surprise to find that we, in a way, already had our next canine. It was an even better surprise to find that our next canine would be a first in several ways. MPO Satterfield and K-9 Skyla have worked hard and we look forward to their career together.”

When off-duty, Skyla stays at home with her adopted younger sister Piper, another pit bull mix, and Satterfield.

Culpeper Police K9 Juno, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was the agency’s first rescue dog when joining the department last month as Jackson’s replacement. Juno was rescued from a shelter in Maryland before he was scheduled to be euthanized.

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