HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Hallandale Beach Police officer is asking for the neighborhood’s generosity to assist pay for his now retired K-9’s remedy after the canine was recognized with lymphoma.
Hallandale Beach Police Capt. Tom Montellanico stated the town is unable to pay for remedy for Artos, so he’s asking for donations in order that his companion can sustain the struggle.
“It’s so painful. I don’t even want to think about it,” he stated. “At this point, it’s like a loss of a family member.”
Montellanico stated Artos was his fixed companion when the canine was an lively member of the drive.
“He would sleep in my house with me everyday. We’d get up and go to work together everyday,” he stated. “He was literally with me everyday, vacations and everything.”
But Montellanico’s world got here crashing down when his retired K-9 of six years developed lymphoma.
“It’s almost kind of shock, because Artos was such a healthy dog,” he stated. “He’s had the best medical treatment that I could afford for him. He’s had the best food I could afford for him. He’s had everything that you would want your dog to have, and he still ended up with cancer.”
Artos started working with the division again in 2013 and was a significant a part of the Criminal Apprehension Unit, even bringing in additional than $11 million in seizures to the town.
“He found countless numbers of firearms, most of the time illegal,” stated the captain. “They would be used in different crimes, thrown places, and it’s very hard at night.”
But Montellanico stated that paying for Artos’ remedy is placing him in critical debt. He has paid practically $21,000 out of his personal pocket, and he wants a complete of $25,000 to cover all the prices.
He has even enlisted the assistance of Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, who hosted a socially distanced fundraiser on Friday to assist elevate funds.
“It just broke my heart, and I know how expensive it is to take care of dogs in general, but even a sick dog, and the money comes out of their pocket,” stated Cooper.
Montellanico stated it’s that form of assist and appreciation that he hopes may also help heal his four-legged buddy.
“If I could get the money to keep him alive, it would be the equivalent of saving one of your children,” he stated. “I don’t have any children, so he is like my child.”
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