Donor will pay for police dog's hip surgeries

Sep 14 2013 - 1:37am

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Joker, the Centerville Police Department's K-9 narcotics dog, plays on the grass with Officer Jason Read on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Joker has hip dysplasia and needs to undergo two surgeries. The city is paying for the first one. Officers are looking to raise money for the second. If Joker did not have the surgeries, he would need to be put down. (KELLY KEITER/Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Joker, the Centerville Police Department's K-9 narcotics dog, plays on the grass with Officer Jason Read on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Joker has hip dysplasia and needs to undergo two surgeries. The city is paying for the first one. Officers are looking to raise money for the second. If Joker did not have the surgeries, he would need to be put down. (KELLY KEITER/Special to the Standard-Examiner)

CENTERVILLE -- Centerville police received a call Friday from a man who said a  $9,000 check is in the mail to pay for both of Joker's hip replacement surgeries.

Joker, a 2-year-old German shepherd, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, which is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.

Without the surgeries, Joker's life as a K-9 narcotics dog would come to an a quick end, police said.

A story about Joker ran in Friday's newspaper.

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