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K9 Assistant needs help with medical bills

Although the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office has a budget allocated for its K9 program, it does not cover what the K9 Stana needs to regain health.

CORYELL COUNTY, Texas — The Coryell County Sheriff’s Office is calling on the community to help one of their own, but this deputy has four legs and a tail.

6 News would like to introduce Deputy K9 Stana.

She is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois who has her heart set on service.

She’s been a deputy in the sheriff’s office for five years.

“Stana’s favorite thing is finding drugs,” said her handler of a year and a half, deputy David Ashley. “She specializes in narcotics, so heroin meth, cocaine, marijuana, MDMA. We search classrooms, lockers, buses, buildings, baggage checks and stuff like that before schools don’t decide to take long class trips and things like that.”

But, Stana ran into a problem.

She has several injuries and conditions after her years of service and also because she is just a dog.

“A lot of times it will happen when they’re playing, running, jumping, any of those moves, going up or down badly,” Ashley explained.

The K9 Assistant has bad hips, arthritis in her knees and spine.

But, the worst thing happening to her right now is a torn ACL that requires surgery.

“Right now we’re just trying to keep her comfortable until it’s time for her to have surgery,” Ashley said.

Getting Stana healthy with surgery and other medical bills comes at a high price and that’s why the sheriff’s office is looking for help.

Although the CCSO has an allocated budget for its K9 program, it does not cover what this dog needs.

They started a GoFundMe seeking donations from the community to help cover Stana’s medical bills, estimated to be between $1,200 and $1,670. The surgery will be performed locally at the Coryell Veterinary Clinic.

“It was an amazing thing to see the outpouring of support and all the help that actually arrived,” Ashley said.

So far, more money has been given than requested. Ashley says any extra money will help keep the K9 unit alive in the sheriff’s office.

He says the animals are important to the work they do and the duo’s duties have been felt in many counties.

“It’s not uncommon for us to be woken up at two or three in the morning and called to where we need to rush to Copperas Cove or Hamilton or some of these other counties and really help them out because they don’t. don’t. don’t have K9s of their own,” he explained. “So it’s not just a great support for our own local community, but also for the surrounding communities.”

CCSO collects money at their office in Gatesville and also on GoFundMe.

After the operation, Stana will retire with the Ashley family where she will spend the rest of her life.