Cocoa police German shepherd helps save overdosing man’s life

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COCOA, Fla. (WFLA/WESH) – A Cocoa police dog is being called a life-saver following a rescue involving an overdose patient.

Kyra is a lovable and unusual canine. She had pink nails and sometimes wears a bow to work.

“She loves kids, loves being the center of attention when they’re doing her nails and putting bows on her and everything,” said Officer Brian Delos Santos.

But when Kyra’s at work, she’s a work dog.

When she alerted to the scent of drugs in a local man’s car recently, it started a chain of events that may have saved the man’s life.

Police had stopped his car and suspected the drugs, but couldn’t make an arrest without Kyra’s confirming behavior.

They found drugs and arrested the man, but had to take him to the hospital right away when he suffered the effects of an overdose.

The arrest might have actually saved his life.

“More important than anything else was that this guy was really sick, and by doing what we did we were able to find that out and get him to the hospital,” said Officer Delos Santos.

“She’s the rookie of the agency, brand new girl, our first female canine. The job seems to agree with her.”

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