On January 21, 2010 the Town of Perryville Maryland Police Department and K-9 handler Officer Kara Zagol welcomed K-9 Ziggy to the police department. On June 18, 2010 K-9 Ziggy successfully completed K-9 school, specializing in narcotics, tracking, and patrol work. K-9 Ziggy began his career on June 30, 2010 and served the Town of Perryville as well as Cecil County Maryland with honor and distinction for 5 years. K-9 Ziggy was able to re-unite a child with their parents after having been lost in the woods, was able to apprehend suspects who committed appalling crimes against the community, and was able to assist in removing vast amounts of narcotics from the streets. K-9 Ziggy became a beloved member to his family and the community. He retired in 2015 at which time his handler, Officer Zagol, was able to care for him.
Beginning in December of 2016 K-9 Ziggy began experiencing medical issues that made it difficult and uncomfortable to relieve himself and caused serious and rapid weight loss. Over the next several months K-9 Ziggy was subjected to various tests and surgeries including, but not limited to:
Veterinarians gave various diagnoses and treatment; however, his symptoms got worse. After spending thousands of dollars with no results, K-9 Ziggy was taken to a German Sheppard Specialist who diagnosed K-9 Ziggy with penile fistula, which is a rare genetic disorder that caused a condition known as megacolon. Megacolon is a condition in which waste is remaining in the colon, causing the diameter of the colon to become abnormally enlarged. It is typically associated with chronic constipation, or obstipation – severe, obstinate constipation that blocks the passage of gas as well as feces (http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_megacolon).
In addition to his previous tests, surgeries, and treatments, K-9 Ziggy needs a subtotal colectomy surgery. All donations will go to vet bills created to help combat this disease. K-9 Ziggy loved and served his community and now needs your love and support. We hope you find it in your heart to donate.
- Erin O'Brien
- Kate Knepper
- Paula Robinson
- Luke Gladis
- Matt Tai
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