Retired officer not allowed to buy K-9; dog going to auction instead

Ohio officer wants to buy his former K-9 partner

Photo Courtesy: GoFundMe.com
Photo Courtesy: GoFundMe.com

Marietta, OHIO – Ohio officer Matthew Hickey recently retired after 30 years on the police force.

Hickey wants to buy his former K-9 partner Ajax, but according to city rules, the dog must be auctioned off to the highest bidder because Ajax is considered city property.

Supporters of Hickey have started a GoFundMe page to raise enough money for Hickey to purchase Ajax at auction.

The fundraiser page has currently raised more than $62,000 as of Monday morning, surpassing the $3,500 goal.

All funds remaining after the auction on Thursday will be donated.

Donations will be sent to an unspecified organization that provides bullet and stab proof vests to K-9 units.

"I kind of retired, wanting to be a hermit and left alone because I worked the midnight shift since '96 and I was jaded, but now I am a changed man because of the support," Hickey told CNN.

Hickey suggested legislation be passed that allows officers who retire in good standing to be awarded their K-9 companions.


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