Retired Officer Allowed to Buy K9 Partner for $1, City Council Rules

Retired Officer Hickey and Ajax;  Photo:

Retired Officer Hickey and Ajax; Photo:

A retired Marietta, OH police officer has now been allowed to keep and purchase his K9 partner for $1, the local city council ruled on Thursday.

When Officer Matthew Hickey recently retired he thought that he would be able to take his K9 partner, Ajax, into retirement with him.

The city told him otherwise, though. They stated that since Ajax was city property and had several more useful working years ahead of him he would have to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The story prompted a large outcry from the public demanding that the two be allowed to retire together. A GoFundMe account was set up to help Hickey purchase Ajax and over $72,000 was raised.

After some discussion about Hickey working as an auxiliary officer the city council decided to let him simply buy the dog for $1. 

The remainder of the money raised will now go to the charity Vested Interest in K9’s and used to buy ballistic vests and other protective material for K9’s.


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