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Retired Ohio Officer Declines Department's Compromise Over Dog, Says He Will Bid in Auction

February 04, 2016  | 

Officer Matthew Hickey with Ajax (Photo: Facebook)
Officer Matthew Hickey with Ajax (Photo: Facebook)

A retired Marietta, OH, police officer says he can’t work as a volunteer to keep his police dog Ajax.

Former Officer Matthew Hickey, 57, said on Tuesday that he can’t accept a compromise offered by the city that would have had Hickey working as an unpaid auxiliary officer to keep Ajax, and eventually buy the dog from the city for $1 when it is too old to work.

“I retired from there because of my health,” Hickey said. He said he hasn’t worked since July because he was recovering from neck and shoulder injuries, and that he officially retired in January. He noted that the dog, because Hickey works as its handler, hasn’t been used by the police department since he last worked.  

Hickey said he offered to pay the city the $3,500 that he had been told the dog is worth. Marietta Law Director Paul Bertram III said the city doesn’t want to separate Hickey from the dog, but also said the dog needs to be sold through a sealed bid at auction by law. Bertram couldn’t be reached Tuesday night.

An online campaign has raised more than $70,000 to help Hickey buy the dog. Asked if he plans to bid on Ajax, Hickey told the Columbus Dispatch, “of course.”


Comments (4)

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Scott Ashmore @ 2/4/2016 5:23 PM

Chicken shit bureaucrats.

Dave Graham @ 2/4/2016 5:47 PM

This is total bullshit. If it were a squad car there would be no question. The funny thing is if the department cant part with the dog because of age, then why hasnt anyone stepped forward to retrain dog to a new handler. Things that make you say Hmmmmmm.
Go trump!

mike @ 2/5/2016 3:42 AM

Sounds like the city embarassed itself by being such jerks and were caught up in a media blitz. Instead of backing down and acknowledging their mistake, the morons came up with the bright idea of making him an unpaid "auxiliary officer," whatever that is. Hats off to Matt for telling the city to go screw themselves.

Robert @ 2/5/2016 12:38 PM

Mike...I would agree with everything you say...except the following:
1. The city should have allowed the asset (paid for by the taxpayers) to be purchased at replacement cost ($3500) in the first place (the guys original idea). The taxpayers spent the money to train the dog, and that asset should not be wasted.
2. Now it appears the guy cares more about putting the screws to his old boss (or the city) than he cares about the job. It seems the city made a decent offer (although if the Aux. officer would be called back to duty...while he wants to go fishing, that would be different).

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