By CBS3 Staff

MILLVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — A rescue dog is making history in New Jersey. Meet Hansel.

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The pit bull was rescued from a dogfighting ring when he was just seven weeks old. Now he’s the first pit bull in the Garden State to become a K9 arson detective.

Hansel is finishing 15 weeks of training, but in just about a week, he will start working with the Millville Fire Department. He will perform critical tasks in the aftermath of fires.

Hansel’s first day on the job is Jan. 19.