A fury member of the Tiffin Police Department may be forced to retire. Tommy is a 7 year old Dutch Shepard and is part of the K9 unit. Last week, K9 Tommy was diagnosed with Multicentric Stage 4 Lymphoma. Without treatment, Tommy will only have about two months to live.
In a Facebook post Tommy's handler and partner Officer Jake DeMonte said "Tommy is more than a police dog, an animal to us. He is our child, our family."
Tommy has started chemotherapy treatments and will have to undergo a total of 25 weeks of it. If he goes through all 25 weeks, there is a 93% chance of remission; the median remission length is 13 months. If the treatment is effective, Tommy could have a life span of 18 to 19 months.
K9 Tommy has spent his life protecting the Tiffin community and now he needs the community's help to get better.
The City of Tiffin is helping with what they can, but when the money is gone--estimated sometime in November--Tommy will be officially retired and the bills for treatment (estimated to be over $5,000) will be the responsibility of Officer DeMonte.
There are three ways that have been set up if you would like to help K9 Tommy's road to recovery.
You can go to Facebook.com/Save K9 Tommy to find a link to make a donation. If you are in the Tiffin area, you can drop off a donation at the PNC Bank branch. You can also send checks made out to "Save K9 Tommy" to P.O. Box 15, Tiffin, OH 44883.
If you have questions or would like to send words of encouragement, you can send an email to SaveK9Tommy@gmail.com.
When Tommy is retired, the City of Tiffin will be without a K9 Unit.