Retired Police Officer Fights To Adopt K-9 Partner

Officer Matthew Hickey of the Marietta Police Department in Ohio was hoping his K-9 partner would be able to retire with him, but the city plans to auction off the dog instead.

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K-9 Officer Ajax is being up for adoption despite his former partner's plea. Via Facebook
K-9 Officer Ajax is being up for adoption despite his former partner's plea. Via Facebook
Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig

When Officer Matthew Hickey of the Marietta Police Department in Ohio retired last week after 30 years of services, he assumed his K-9 partner of four years would spend his golden years with him.

However, according to WCMH-TV Columbus, the dog — Ajax — is still a healthy, active dog and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The city is reportedly only following Ohio state law, which states “officers are allowed to purchase their K-9 partners when the dog is retired for just one dollar.” But only Hickey is retiring.

“Another section of this particular law that says if a law enforcement officer leaves the unit, and in this situation, Officer Hickey is leaving the unit,” Paul Bertram, city of Marietta Law Director, told the news station. “That particular section says that the officer forfeits the right to purchase the dog, under this provision.”

The community set up a GoFundMe page to help Hickey raise $3,500 – what the officer reportedly was told Ajax was worth as a city property.

Officer Matt Hickey has raised close to $63,000 in just three days. Via GoFundMe

Officer Matthew Hickey has raised close to $63,000 in just three days. Via GoFundMe

“I had the money for the dog and was ready to hand it to the chief of police, and the chief of police said he couldn’t take it,” Hickey told the station.

At the time of publishing, almost $63,000 has been raised in the past three days.

The GoFundMe page now is reporting Marietta city officials will be holding a press conference at 2 p.m. EST today regarding “the disposition of Ajax.”

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  • The dog should go with the officer, because this dog is a K-9 and will listen to only him…! Would you want this dog after he has been trained to protect his master. I sure would not.

    Diane February 1, 2016 11:40 am Reply
  • If the officer is not allowed to purchase the dog, give the Go Fund Me $ to a trustworthy individual to purchase the dog and they can then gift the dog to the officer. And by the way, this is a ridiculous law. The officer should be able to purchase the dog. The department can then take that money and purchase another. The dog is bonded with the officer. Best for everyone involved. All the red tape–ridiculous.

    Robbin February 1, 2016 12:36 pm Reply
  • Please let his dog retire with him. The dog knows and trusts Mathew Hickey and we know he will give the dog a wonderful home… from a UK dog lover……please please please

    Linda Dickins February 2, 2016 12:44 am Reply

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