Donor of $9k for Joker's surgery identified

Sep 17 2013 - 9:32am

Images

FILE - 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)
FILE - 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 -- The hip replacement surgeries for Joker, a 2-year-old German shepherd K-9, have been paid for by a Vernal man, police said.

Robert L. Kay, executive chairman of Uintah Engineering and Land Surveying, mailed a $9,000 check to the Centerville Police Department and it arrived Monday, said Assistant Police Chief Paul Child.

"With that generous donation and all the other donations we've received, we're in pretty good shape," Child said.

Child said the extra donations will be used to pay for any additional after-care medical visits for Joker, who was diagnosed with hip dysplasia several months ago. Without the hip replacement surgeries, Joker would not be able to continue working as a police dog.

His first surgery is scheduled for Oct. 1.

From Around the Web

  +