GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - Grand Chute Police are raising money for a new dog as they prepare to retire K9 Fram.
K9 Fram is more than nine years old and was diagnosed with a tumor on his bladder. The diagnosis was dire, but Fram has beat the odds.
"In late 2017, we received some heartbreaking news that Fram was diagnosed with a tumor on his bladder. At the time, the veterinarian speculated he might have only six months to live, and couldn’t say how long he might be able to continue working. To say we have been both surprised and pleased that he has continued to serve since that diagnosis nearly 18 months ago would be a tremendous understatement. This amazing dog has certainly defied the odds," reads a statement from Grand Chute Police Chief Greg Peterson.
The typical service life for a K9 is 7 to 10 years, and the time has come for the department to plan Fram's retirement.
Fram joined the department in 2011 and partnered up with Officer Shawn Enneper. They've helped recover more than 6,000 grams of marijuana, 178 grams of meth, 5.43 grams of heroin, and 88.33 grams of cocaine, according to the Grand Chute Police Department.
The Grand Chute K9 program is almost fully funded by community donations. Donations are tax-deductible.
Here's how to donate toward a new K9:
--Make check out to Grand Chute Police K-9 Fund
--Drop off donations at Grand Chute Police Department
--Mail them to Grand Chute Police Department, 1900 Grand Chute Blvd, Grand Chute, WI, 54913