February 1, 2016 Marietta, Ohio Officer Matthew Hickey Retired January 28, 2016 after 30 years as a Law Enforcement Officer and when doing so he intended to purchase his K-9 partner “Ajax”. But that was not to be the case. Hickey attempted to pay the Department $3,500.00 which was what the K-9 was worth but the City would not accept it. The K-9 is considered property of the City and while Ajax is still useful to them being only 6 years old they will sell the K-9 to the highest bidder.
There has been an outpouring of support for Officer Hickey and his K-9 partner now as the Officer does not know if he will have enough money to place a winning bid when the K-9 is put up for auction.
There has been a GOFUNDME account that has been set up for the Officer to make the winning bid of Ajax in any event. He had set the original goal to be $3,500. that way he could double the value of Ajax’s value on a bid adding his original $3,500. with what he raised to a total bid of $7,000.
Th Officer stated that any funds that were received above what were required to retain Ajax would be used to purchase K-9 “bullet/stab proof vests to K9 units”. At the time of this writing the Officer has raised $57,910 toward is goals.
The date of the auction has not been made public yet. When it has full details will be disclosed on the GoFundMe site.
Please help support this family to stay together. The K-9 should not be separated from his partner it is unfair to both of them.
UPDATE 2/1/16 2:18 PM
During a press conference, City of Marietta officials announce retired officer Matt Hickey would be allowed to keep Ajax the K-9 on certain conditions.
Hickey would have to be an auxiliary member of the Marietta Police Department. Officials say that way, Hickey would be able to remain as Ajax’s handler.
It’s yet to be determined if that course of action will be taken by Hickey.
Update: 02/02/16 10:47 A.M.
Officer Hickey has not accepted ANY offers from Chief Hupp, Mayor Matthews, or Paul Bertram. So NONE of this has been resolved or settled upon. Officer Hickey has NOT been medically cleared by his doctor to return to duty. Funds over and above the amount need to get Ajax will go to Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. for purchasing K-9’s active in Law Enforcement with bullet/stab proof vests.