Help for Hope the Retired K-9

$6,910 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 176 people in 37 months
Hope is a former Police K-9 who was adopted out upon her retirement.  Recently, we were called to see if we could take her in and care for her because she had been abandoned in a backyard on a tether with minimal or no food and water for several weeks.

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.
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Update on Hope. She has since been adopted by the foster who cared for her while she was recovering. She also recently underwent two complete hip replacements. Right now, Hope is up to a healthy weight and is loving her new life.

I've attached a side by side before and after photo.
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We are astounded at the generosity of everyone that Hope's story has touched. The inbox for our email is filled with not just donations, but with prayers and messages of strength and love.

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.
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On behalf of the entire volunteer staff of T.A.R.A., I would like to thank everyone for their support of Hope. She has shown incredible strength of spirit in her recovery and we are incredibly grateful that with your help we have been able to help her.

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.
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We thought you might want to see a video of Hope. She is showing her irritation at having to wait for her next feeding. She is on a strict feeding schedule during her recovery and is not too happy about it.
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Karen Richardson
37 months ago
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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,

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Dianne Bettis
37 months ago
7
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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.

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Scott Loy
37 months ago
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Would love to adopt if possible.

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Randy Wilson
37 months ago
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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 ....

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Kathy Buck
37 months ago
1
1

♥ She is beautiful! Thank you T.A.R.A. for saving her and thank you to all who donated towards her care!

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Tonya McGuire
37 months ago
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As an animal advocate, dog rescuer, and Police Commissioner, Hope's story hit me on so many levels. Thank you to T.A.R.A. and the many people who shared her story and donated to her GoFund me account! Keep fighting, Hope!!

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Becky Bilokur-Tobias
37 months ago
1
1

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

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Ileana Rosenberg
23 months ago

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.

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Angie Hollings
24 months ago

If Hope is retired K-9 she should have medical coverage and a pension . Yes???

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Steven Hewett
37 months ago

Would love to adopt her, former police officer myself. Big back yard and loving home.

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Geneva Anderson Lewis
37 months ago

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. ♥

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Becky Donovan Sasala
37 months ago

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.

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Phil Insardi
37 months ago

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.

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Karen Laczkowski
37 months ago

You have reached your donation goal we are offering a forever home

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Dodi Broker
37 months ago

I'd take her in Reno NV if someone could get her here.

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Reid Renicker
35 months ago

This story drives tears to my eyes. I had a German Shepherd female named Hope who i raised from 6 weeks old until almost 10 and a half having to put her down at a short notice due to large tumor on abdomen that was cancer. I still struggle to this day not having her in my life . How could people be so hateful and not care? I pray that Hope gets not only the care she needs to get well. But also the love she deserves

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Jennifer Good
37 months ago
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So very sad that after all she did in the line of duty her retirement ended up like this. She deserves better.

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Paula Hildebrandt
37 months ago
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37 months ago
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Joe Juarez
37 months ago

Makes me mad that a police department would do this to one of their officers. If her handler did not want her, they should have found her a good home, which from these posts would have been easy.

Karen Richardson
37 months ago
7
7

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,

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Dianne Bettis
37 months ago
7
7

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.

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Scott Loy
37 months ago
5
5

Would love to adopt if possible.

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Randy Wilson
37 months ago
3
3

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 ....

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Kathy Buck
37 months ago
1
1

♥ She is beautiful! Thank you T.A.R.A. for saving her and thank you to all who donated towards her care!

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Tonya McGuire
37 months ago
1
1

As an animal advocate, dog rescuer, and Police Commissioner, Hope's story hit me on so many levels. Thank you to T.A.R.A. and the many people who shared her story and donated to her GoFund me account! Keep fighting, Hope!!

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Becky Bilokur-Tobias
37 months ago
1
1

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

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Ileana Rosenberg
23 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Angie Hollings
24 months ago

If Hope is retired K-9 she should have medical coverage and a pension . Yes???

+ Read More
Steven Hewett
37 months ago

Would love to adopt her, former police officer myself. Big back yard and loving home.

+ Read More
Geneva Anderson Lewis
37 months ago

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. ♥

+ Read More
Becky Donovan Sasala
37 months ago

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.

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Phil Insardi
37 months ago

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.

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Karen Laczkowski
37 months ago

You have reached your donation goal we are offering a forever home

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Dodi Broker
37 months ago

I'd take her in Reno NV if someone could get her here.

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