Seeing pit bulls as individuals, and helper companions

K9 Officer Kiah, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, with Poughkeepsie Police Officer Justin Bruzgul, teamed up after working with Animal Farm Foundation in the Amenia/Millbrook area. Photo submitted

AMENIA— Tucked away amid the rolling hills on the border of Amenia and Millbrook sits a farm that houses horses, chickens, a goat, a donkey, a cat and two cows. But the really important residents of this sprawling farm are dogs: pit-bulls, pit bull mixes and dogs that could potentially have pit bull in their pedigree. They all live at Animal Farm Foundation. Many are trained there to take care of others. None of the people or organizations that receive the trained dogs are charged a fee.

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