Community helps fund surgery for Franklin PD K9

Smaller police departments don't have funding for a K9 program.
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 5:56 PM CDT
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FRANKLIN, Texas (KBTX) - K9 Klaus is a two-year-old German Shepard. You can usually find him on duty at the Franklin Police Department, but these days he’ll have some more time off.

On Monday, Klaus was taken to the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital for emergency surgery.

They discovered that he had GDV, which is basically bloat. Gas fills the stomach, it twists, and it can eventually cut off blood supply to the rear quarter of the animal. It’s fatal if not taken care of promptly,” said Steven Barber, K9 Klaus’s partner.

The surgery saved his life, but Barber was left with a bill of a few thousand dollars.

“It’s pretty common with smaller departments especially in taxes, if there’s not a lot of funding for a K9 program individual officers will typically take on that role and responsibility of being the sole provider for the animal,” said Barber.

Barber took to social media and created a gofundme page, within 24 hours the bill was paid for.

“He’s just a special animal. All these working dogs are special animals, and for people to recognize and step up and help us out is just I can’t say it enough. Thank you,” said Barber.

As a working dog, Klaus has been an asset to the Franklin Police Department.

“Believe it or not US highway 79 is a huge through fare for narcotics and just criminal activity in general, but in the past 30 days he was pretty key to seizing about two pounds of cocaine and then I guess a litany of smaller felony charges,” said Barber.

Barber hopes Klaus will be back on the job with him by the beginning of August.

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