Dog abandoned in Castle Rock becomes K-9 for Denver Sheriff Department

**Embargo: Denver, CO** A dog that was abandoned and left for dead last October has "a new leash on life." Karma is now officially a K-9 with the Denver Sheriff Department.

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    DENVER, CO (KDVR) -- A dog that was abandoned and left for dead in Castle Rock last October has "a new leash on life." Karma is now officially a K-9 with the Denver Sheriff Department.

“She's certified, she's ready to go. She's got her badge, her ID... she's official!” said her partner, Deputy Patrick Hynes.

Karma has come a long way in the past 7 months. After she was abandoned in a Castle Rock neighborhood, it took several days for a group of good Samaritans to catch her. Once they caught her, they realized that as a Belgian Malinois, she would make a good police dog. And it just so happened the Denver Sheriff Department would need her.

Hynes' former partner, Taylor, retired in March. He adopted Karma, trained her and she is now officially an explosives detection dog.

“Our main priority will be working at the City and County Building, where the mayor's at, City Council, other high-profile judges. We're in charge of making sure that building stays safe," Hynes said.

Hynes says Karma is a perfect fit.

“She is part of the family now. She will do pretty much anything for me now -- cool feeling to have," he said.

As part of the Front Range Explosives Detection Group, Karma will also respond to calls for help from other regional jurisdictions.

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