Help for Hope the Retired K-9
We brought her, dehydrated and emaciated, to our emergency vet who rated her a 1 on a scale of 1 to 9 for body mass. This is the worst case we have personally been involved with and we are staggered by the amount of neglect this dog has endured.
I won’t lie, her situation is grave. But she’s been fighting for the past week and we are doing everything in our power to help her survive this. Today she got a blood transfusion from Ryker, one of our adoptable pit bulls. Unfortunately, her vet bills are already staggering and are steadily climbing. Right now Hope needs extensive vet care and we need your help.
Local animal control and police departments are involved in the case and charges may be brought, so we can’t delve too much into the situation that brought her to us. But she needs us now; and we need your help…to save Hope.
T.A.R.A. is a local foster-based 501(c)3 pet rescue that is dedicated to helping the homeless animals of Hoke and Cumberland counties.
Tax ID number for tax deductible donations is: 46-0736492.
I've attached a side by side before and after photo.
At the moment, Hope's medical bills are covered and we are thankful we have been able to help her. Those wishing to help can make a contribution in Hope's name to another wounded or neglected dog...sadly, there are plenty found on any number of Facebook pages and rescue websites. We won't, however, turn away additional donations since they will allow us to help other animals in our area. Readers as disturbed as we were with Hope's condition could research their local laws regarding animal neglect and cruelty to ensure those laws are suitable; and if they are not, work to change them. Enforceable anti-tethering laws may have been able to get help for Hope before she nearly died.
As we've moved beyond our initial goal, I wanted to just say that any funds we raise above and beyond what Hope needs for her recovery will be used to help other dogs in our local area. We generally have about twenty dogs in our care spread through our foster homes; many of them require medical treatment (though none to the extent that Hope has required) before they are able to be adopted. So, from Hope and Ryker and Ruby and Jojo and Bently and Dimples and all the others, thank you.
We are aware that she is NOT Fayetteville PD but she is a retired K-9 Officer who deserves more than what she got. We do know the agency but are not disclosiing it for just this reason, it was not the fault of the agency that she got in the condition that she is in, it was the owners who did this to her. T.A.R.A. supports and depends on our local law enforcement officers,
I would like everyone to know that this retired police dog is NOT a former Fayetteville Police Dog. Someone has posted it on the web that this dog is from Fayetteville police. I have been a handler with this team for 11 years and I know for sure that it would never happen. I cannot believe anyone would do this to any dog, let alone a retired hero.
I will take her no problem ...6 ft chained yard.big yard big for running playing digging..be free sleep in side.out only in good weather vet and groomer 4 times a year.WITH vet check ups. Vet is a. Speccialist with German shepards I have a male.7 yrs old ..come see if like ok if not fine also I love the breed life long home...well loved and care for..contact me on face book or messenger...mine is a k9 also..he was retiered when I saw him at 4. Mths,only one in 3 litters not work..,but can ....
Examiner article with more info: Hope is a retired law enforcement K9 officer, but there have been no announcements as to what police organization she had been a member. Sadly, instead of spending her retired life dozing on the couch and watching reruns of her favorite shows, Hope spent her time fighting for her life as she struggled to come back from the brink of starvation. An active investigation by NC Hoke County Sheriff's Department and animal control into animal cruelty charges against Hope's owner continues. According to the rescue, the department Hope worked for is not at fault. She was, to the best of the rescue's knowledge, properly adopted out according to whatever rules that agency had in place. More updates will follow. To help with Hope's veterinary expenses, donations can be made by clicking here. Small Animal Emergency Services in Vass and Pine Tree Animal Hospital will accept direct payments. http://www.examiner.com/article/former-retired-police-k9-found-tethered-and-starving-sandhills-area-backyard
I am totally outraged that a police K-9 to be found in such deplorable condition. As a mother of an amazing German Shepherd Dog, I would like to make a contribution for Hope, but first I'd like to have an update on her current condition and whereabouts.
If Hope is retired K-9 she should have medical coverage and a pension . Yes???
Would love to adopt her, former police officer myself. Big back yard and loving home.
I know beautiful Hope has a long way of recovery to go (if she can recover from this). However, I want to put out there that I am a former K9 handler and my husband is a current K9 handler. We have both handled GSDs, so we are very familiar with the breed! If/when Hope is ready to go to a forever home, I would be honored to provide her the forever home that she has recently been lacking. ♥
Phil, it would be a real shame if someone were to misrepresent this or any other animal as a law enforcement K9 when she was not. We are not releasing the name of her department because we do not know it. There is an ongoing investigation with the Hoke County Sheriff's Department (NC). We were told by Hoke County officials that she was a retired law enforcement K9 and have operated under that information since then. Several news agencies have contacted the sheriff's department to verify the story and if you'd like to do so as well, please feel free. I plan on releasing every bit of information we can just as soon as we are allowed to.
Instead of being so cryptic about the origin of this dog why don't you release the Name of the Agency. I find this story hard to believe. The fact that you withhold the name of the Department raises my suspicions. Why the secret? It seems you have no problem using this story as a fund raising technique on Facebook and other Social Media. It would be a real shame if you used the "retired Police K-9" angle to increase the exposure, interest, and donations.
You have reached your donation goal we are offering a forever home
I'd take her in Reno NV if someone could get her here.