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.