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Metro transit dog gets dental surgery

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A Metro Transit patrol dog that needs expensive dental surgery will soon be getting help thanks to an outpouring of donations.

Since Fox 5 first brought you the story of Blu on Thursday, donations from viewers have nearly reached $11,000.

Blu, a 3 year old Malnois, needs 3 root canals and 4 crowns.

The procedure was expected to cost $6,800.

Blu's handler, Metro police officer, Steve Morrison had asked Metro officials for help and they refused.

The Morrison's set up a facebook page and asked for donations on a website.

Christine Morrison says the support has come from all around the world.

"We never thought in a million years that we would reach our goal within 10 minutes of the story airing, she says."

Morrison adds, "People are very encouraging that Blu is gonna be able to get the dental work he needs, but people are also frustated that this hasn't happened sooner and why the dog has been like this for weeks and months on end."

Blu's teeth were damaged biting down on metal grates in the police car where he's held.

He's an award winning, nationally certified dog.

Christine says dogs like Blu can easily work 12 years or more, and once once Blu's teeth are fixed he will have no restrictions.

But in a statement issued last week, a Metro spokesperson wrote in part: "The department has a diminished role for patrol dogs, and when an existing dog is no longer able to fulfill its duties, the dog is allowed to retire and the position eliminated."

Christine says she's been stunned by the response.

"It meant that they would leave him in that condition, and we could take him if we wanted but we would still be responsible for the care of the dog at that point."

Christine says she isn't sure what metro will do with blu after his dental procedure.

She says her husband has been called into a meeting Tueday with Metro transit Police Chief and his union officials.

She says for now, she and her husband, Steve are just looking forward to Blu being free from pain after his dental procedure on Thursday.

The Morrison's say the extra money raised will be put in a fund to help other patrol dogs.

If you would like to help, the Facebook page that will send you to a donation link is "Police K9 Needs Your Help."


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