NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)-- He served the New London police department for years helping to track down criminals, but a police dog is suffering from arthritis and the city doesn't want to pay for his medication anymore.
For about 8 years, Buck has been a big help busting drug dealers and solving crime in the City of New London, now the Department is worried his days may be numbered.
"A year ago right around this same time, again during the budget season, the police administration came up with what we feel some very inflated costs of running the dog program," said David McElroy.
David McElroy, Vice President of the New London Police Union says now they just got word that the city doesn't want to pay for Buck's arthritis medication anymore. It's about $180 every three months, that's $720 a year. He says that means, Officer John Michaud, Buck's owner, will be left with the bill or Buck will be retired.
"It's very unusual for that to occur in any police department in the state of Connecticut," said McElroy.
People all over the city have been talking about the money for Buck's medication.
"The dog is a valuable service to society and to our community," said Reginald Dublin, New London.
"There's people in need right now and I'd rather see it go to a human than a dog," said Chuck Clarke,
But already, the department has gotten many calls to hold fundraisers for Buck. McElroy says it's frustrating to know the city is footing the bill for another dog to be kenneled, that dog, Bessie, belonged to a former officer.
He says Bessie was even offered a home.
"The city dragged their feet and now that organization from my understanding doesn't want it," McElroy.
The mayor's staff says he will comment next Tuesday at a public safety meeting at 5 PM. You're encouraged to come if you want to speak out about Buck.
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