Ferguson Animal Hospital funds K-9 officer's surgery expenses

The hospital's goal is to reach $10,000.

The Ferguson Animal Hospital is raising funds to provide emergency veterinary care for police dogs.

Ferguson Animal Hospital owner Dr. Dan Wentz said he wants to relieve the financial burden of the Ferguson Police Department and that this is his way of saying thank you.

Wentz is no stranger when it comes to caring for pets.

"That's the joy I get out of it is seeing the joy other people get out of their pets," he said.

He and his wife have owned the Ferguson animal Hospital for 25 years. It's a place that serves about 100 animals per week. That service extends to K-9 officers like Anak.

"He's a dual purpose K-9," said Ferguson Officer Greg Casem. "He's trained for narcotics and on the other side he's trained for building search tracking."

Anak has been assigned to his partner Casem for six years.

"They can immediately identify a location if a person is hiding in a house," he said.

Casem said he noticed his partner was having difficulty eating two weeks ago.

He brought him to the Ferguson Animal Clinic for a check-up and discovered Anak's bottom teeth were deteriorating.

"Right here they've been cut off and the root canal is done," Wentz said. 

It's an issue that called for surgery.

"He has to have titanium implants put on the top. We have to use titanium because it's hard enough that it will withstand the pressure of the bite of the dog," Wentz said.

For some, the two-part procedure may not sound like a big deal, but if not treated soon.

"If he lost use of that tooth, he may not be able to be a service dog anymore," Wentz said.

It's a procedure that costs around $1,700. 

There added expenses that are difficult to fit into the city's tight budget but 

Sunday, Dr. Wentz came up with another option to cover those cost.

"I was going to start a fund for any expenses for the four k-9 officers that we have here," Wentz said.

"It's amazing, people coming together for the dogs, it's awesome," Casem said.

Dr. Wentz says the money from the GoFundMe account, he's started will actually be used for emergency vet care expenses for all four Ferguson K-9 officers. The goal is to reach $10,000.


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