JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It's not only law enforcement officers who help keep you safe, it's also their K9s.
And, after those dogs retire, sometimes they need your help.
Fando retired from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office last November and then New Hanover County dispatcher Amanda Scott adopted him.
In May, veterinarians discovered a cyst and fatty mass sitting on Fando's spinal cord paralyzing the 7-year-old dog.
They had to perform emergency surgery which Scott, who lives in Jacksonville, couldn't afford. So, she set up a fund on a website and the donations have been pouring in.
It's generosity, Scott said she didn't' expect.
"Very appreciative because I know times are tough and obviously times are tough trying to pay for him right now and you just don't expect it from people to give their hard-earned money when you know times are tough for them too," Scott said.
Scott said she's already collected about $1,700 of her $7,500 goal.
If you'd like to donate to help Fando, go to www.gofundme.com/2u9tcs.