A 57-year-old man who is retiring from Ohio’s Marietta Police Department is heartbroken that his canine partner is not being allowed to retire with him, reported Friday’s WBNS News. Officer Matt Hickey offered to pay the police department $3,500 in order to take the six-year-old dog, named “Ajax,” with him when he leaves the department – but his offer was denied.
According to the city, Ajax still has the ability to work for several more years and he is considered to be “property,” not a pet…rather than being allowed to retire with the man that he has worked with for the past three years, he will be put up for auction and sold to the highest bidder. According to KSHB News, Hickey fears that he will be outbid, and that Ajax will be taken away by a stranger.
In an effort to help Hickey secure his place as the highest bidder when Ajax goes to auction, a fundraiser has been created – already, over $18,000 has been raised.
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