http://www.ajc.com/news/clayton/family-to-pay-bills-1195083.html These are excerpts, please go to the link to read the whole story.
The Clayton County police officer injured in a crash earlier this week is expected to make a full recovery, his wife said Wednesday. But his four-legged partner remains in critical condition, facing surgery and extensive medical care.
That's because the county commission voted to retire Lakota at its meeting Tuesday night, according to a resolution on the county's website. Since Lakota no longer works for the county, the county isn't responsible for the dog's treatment, Corey Fox said.
Lakota, who is currently at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital, has a shattered leg that will have to be amputated and another leg that is severely broken, Corey Fox said. The dog may also have a broken hip and other broken bones, she said. Lakota is stable, but in very critical condition, Fox said.
Katherine Gilmore, spokeswoman for the veterinary hospital, told the AJC Lakota is sedated and bandaged while awaiting surgery.The surgery and medical care could total more than $10,000, but the hospital has agreed to cut the cost to around $3,000, Corey Fox said. And when Lakota is released, a ramp will likely be needed at the Fox home, and possibly a special bed and wheelchair, she said.
Corey Fox, who owns a dog-training business in Henry County, has posted an update on Lakota on her company's website, along with a link for those wanting to make a donation to the dog's care.
In honor of Lakota, donations can be made to the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine’s GRACE Fund – a canine emergency fund. Donations can be made online www.vet.uga.edu/GO/grace or checks can be mailed to the UGA College of Vet Med Development Office, 501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602.
My readers, please try to contribute if you can. This dog deserves better than what he is getting from Clayton County. And if you feel so inclined, send off a nasty email to Clayton County, I am.