NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)-- A veteran crime-fighter in New London who is suffering with arthritis is being retired. And police dog 'Buck' will also get the medicine he needs, thanks to a fundraiser that's being put together.
After News 8 exposed concerns that Buck could soon be chasing his last suspect, folks in the community jumped into action.
"I'm putting together a fundraiser," said Marie Friess-McSparran, (D) City Councilor.
That fundraiser is to pay the $180 the police canine needs every three months for arthritis medicine.
News 8 was the first to report that the city was expected to stop those automatic payments July first. And now, it's learned it plans to stop Buck's service all together, sending him into retirement.
When asked if the cost of the medicine factored in the decision to retire this dog, Mayor Daryl said "no not at all. I think that that's something that was a total misconception. The cost to house these animals the cost to provide the medication to this particular animal is very very low."
"I haven't seen any reports from any vet that the dog's not able to work," said Friess-McSparran.
Marie Friess McSparran is still going ahead with the fundraiser at Goldy's Restaurant Sunday Night.
Every table taken, that's the goal here. Organizers hope to fill the entire restaurant for this fundraiser for Buck.
No word if he's going to be making an appearance.
But there will be raffles, appetizers, and entertainment.
"This is one that's near to us because my husband was on the police force for 26 years and we know a lot of police officers," said Anita Miller, Goldy's Restaurant.
"This administration has for a long time tried to get rid of the canine part of the police department and I'm saddened and disappointed," said Friess-McSparran.
A public safety hearing will be held on Tuesday at 5 and concerns over Buck's medication and now his retirement are expected to discussed. The mayor say he won't be there. He's currently in contract negotiations with the police union.
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