Jacksonville woman needs help paying for K9’s surgery

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    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.

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    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.