Jenkintown police seek donations for sick K-9

K-9 Officer Rocky became ill March 29, 2014, according to the Jenkintown Police Department.

The Jenkintown Police Department is seeking donations to help pay for the treatment of a sick K-9 officer.

Rocky, a 7-year-old German shepherd, fell ill at work March 29, according to a flier posted Wednesday on the police department’s website.

The patrol and narcotics K-9 was rushed to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Rocky reportedly suffered from a twisted colon, a life-threatening condition that required doctors to remove a portion of his large intestine.

Police said that, though Rocky seems to be recovering at home, they’re asking for the public’s help in paying his medical bills, which they estimate will add up to well over $8,000.

Contributions can be made to the Jenkintown Police Donation Account, 700 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown, Pa. 19046.

Rocky has been a member of the Jenkintown Police Department since 2008, according to investigators. During that time, he’s served the community by sniffing out drugs, hunting down suspects and greeting children who stop by for tours of the station.

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