This past summer a senior German Shepherd was dropped off at a Kansas animal shelter to be euthanized. The owner said that the elderly dog was a retired police dog with cancer and should be euthanized. Named K-9, the German Shepherd was spared after a vet check did not appear to find cancer, but rather, thyroid and joint problems.
After a couple of months at Coffeyville Friends of Animals Shelter and Adoption Center, K-9 was doing better, but his time was running out again, given his age and circumstances. But there was a sudden spike of interest in K-9 after his story got out.
Jim Percival, who works at the shelter, told the Huffington Post he thinks it’s because K-9 is believed to be a former police dog (although he commented that this has not been verified). Regardless of his past, the well-behaved German Shepherd was rescued from the shelter by Lisa Moser, who drove him to the German Shepherd Rescue of Tulsa.
The rescue took him to a veterinarian for a full check up and are currently awaiting test results to get the complete picture of his health. Karla Wilson with the rescue noted that he was “excessively lean” and suffering from poor skin, hair loss and other ailments, most likely from neglect. She did note that he “does appear to know German commands” which indicates he just may be the K-9 as his former owner said he was.
K-9 will be in foster care until a forever family can be found that will give him a good home to spend his remaining years. The rescue said he’s “Looking for a home ready to welcome a senior. Good with most dogs, good with adults.”