Detecting explosives retired in Las Vegas, K-9 needs financial help to fight cancer | Local
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – After seven years sniffing out bombs and threats in Las Vegas, K-9 Cole was ready to retire.
“Since 2014, if you’ve been to a major event, concert, or show, there’s a good chance Cole was one of the dogs that was there before you to provide security,” the manager said. from K-9, Adam Stefanelli.
Stefanelli was Cole’s manager, but after his last day on the job he became his owner.
“They give you the asset, and you sign, and then you take on all the responsibilities, financial and otherwise,” he explained.
Stefanelli couldn’t wait to let Cole relax after nearly a decade at work. “I couldn’t wait to take him hiking in Red Rock. His favorite activity is swimming in the pool. Just that sort of thing, just let him be a dog for the next few years.”
But those plans for relaxation took a turn when Stefanelli noticed several swollen lymph nodes on Cole. A week later, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Cole’s cancer did not respond well to the first cycle of treatment.
“This drug works for about 95% of dogs with lymphoma, but of course it didn’t work for him. So it was $ 980 lost.”
Stefanelli said the current treatment is working for now, but will cost a total of almost $ 16,000. He created a GoFundMe, hoping the donations will help Cole fight a new threat.
“For seven years he’s been trying to help protect our guests who come to Las Vegas, and he’s done a really good job. I just want to do the best for him and I want him to have a good retirement.”
To donate to the Canine Cole Treatment Fund, click here.
If GoFundMe receives more money than is needed for treatment, it will donate it to a person or dog battling cancer.