NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ty, the wayward police dog who ran away and spent almost two days wandering the Northland, is back with his handler now - but an injury sustained during his wandering may put a premature end to his career as a K-9 unit.
Ty, who had been with the North Kansas City Police Department for less than a year, jumped out his patrol car early Saturday morning and ran into a wooded area. Almost two days later, he was spotted by the public and picked-up at Waterworks Park.
"At least he's alive we're glad to have him back alive," said Maj. Steven Beamer of the NKCPD. "We're thankful he's back and not harmed worse than he is or dead."
But Ty didn't escape his adventure unharmed. Veterinarians say that he has some cuts and a limp - possibly from tendon or ligament damage.
"It could have been his leg was caught in a fence and during that time to free himself he injured his leg." said Maj. Beamer.
The vets say that Ty needs surgery - to the tune of around $4,000.
"The experts say it's likely he could return to full service, but it's an expenseive surgey and we have to determine how we can cover the costs of this," said Maj. Beamer, who says that the department will have to ask the City Council for the money for the surgery - and this isn't a good time for unexpected expenses.
"The city's budget is tight and we've lost officers in the last year because of budget concerns," said Maj. Beamer.
Replacing Ty could be even more expensive, though - at least $10,000. So police say that they are hopeful that somehow they can get the money needed to get Ty back on the job.
"He's a young dog and if the surgery is successful he'll give us several years of service yet," said Maj. Beamer.
To make a donation to help pay for Ty the police dog's surgery, make your checks payable to: Ty Fund, c/o Kansas City Metro Tactical Officers Association (KCMTOA), P.O. Box 19084, Lenexa, KS 66215