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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A young dog from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria will graduate into the Alexandria Police Department upon completion of Basic K-9 School this week.

Zara, a Belgian Malinois had been surrendered to the shelter in 2013 because her owner could no longer care for her, according to the AWLA. It quickly became clear that she was a very high-energy dog who desperately wanted to work. She wasn't an appropriate pet for most families because her energy level and drive were so intense.

Zara passed the police department's test with flying colors and was accepted into the Basic K-9 School. She has now been in school for almost a year and will graduate on Wednesday.

"We could not be more grateful to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for bringing Zara to us. She is an excellent addition to our K-9 Unit and family here at the Police Department," Alexandria Police Chief Earl L. Cook said in a statement.

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