When Ohio police officer Matthew Hickey decided to retire after 34 years, he assumed his K-9 partner would be joining him. Unfortunately for him, this wasn’t going to be easy. According to a state law, the animal was to be promptly auctioned off to the highest bidder. Despite having been his loyal partner for the past four years, he was told that there was nothing he could do about the animal’s fate.
“To me it’s like raising a child,” Hickey said. “You get bonded from the basic training. You watch his breathing, his tail movements.” Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who felt this way. Even the town mayor was upset about this law, rallying behind the officer as he built up community support. To determine Ajax’s value, an outside vendor was brought in and his worth was determined to be $3,500. Because this total exceeded $1,000 and Ajax was considered city property, the law stated that he would need to be sold at auction.