$65K raised for retired police officer to buy his K-9

Support continues to grow for Matt Hickey, a retired police officer, and his K-9 officer in Marietta, Ohio.

More than $65,000 has been raised in just three days to keep Hickey and his dog, Ajax, together in retirement.

State law mandates if an officer retires before the K-9, he or she forfeits the right to keep the dog.

Since Hickey retired and Ajax is still a healthy police dog, he must be put up for auction because he is considered "valuable city property."

Ajax was appraised at $3,500, but Hickey has already received far more than that thanks to a GoFundMe page that was set up for him.

The grateful retiree wishes he could thank every person who has helped. For him, this canine officer is more than just a dog.

"I'm amazed at everybody who cares about this," said Hickey. "The outpouring, the calls that I've been getting from everybody, the support, it's just amazing."

All extra proceeds raised on the GoFundMe page will be donated to an organization that provides bulletproof vests for K-9 officers.

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