K-9 Phantom was rescued from an animal shelter. (Photo: Clay County Sheriff Facebook)

K-9 Phantom was rescued from an animal shelter. (Photo: Clay County Sheriff Facebook)

Last week, North Carolina's Clay County Sheriff's Office announced, proudly, that two new narcotic detection dogs had joined the team. Their names are Phantom and Sarah — and both are pit bulls, rescued from shelters and trained to be key members of the force, reports theDodo.com.

"What will be the most shocking to some will not be that Clay County Sheriff's has the new K-9 Deputies, but rather their breed," the department wrote on Facebook, adding: "even though pit bulls get a bad rap in the media, they aren't all bad dogs and can do great things for the communities they serve."

K-9 Sarah with her handler Deputy Harper. (Photo: Clay County Sheriff Facebook)

K-9 Sarah with her handler Deputy Harper. (Photo: Clay County Sheriff Facebook)

Phantom was pulled from a Texas shelter by UniversalK9, a group that rescues and trains shelter pups for use in law enforcement. Sarah came from a shelter in New York, and got her second chance thanks to the Animal Farm Foundation. Not only did this save Phantom and Sarah from their uncertain futures, according to the sheriff's office, it saved them money.

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