JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO) — Janesville Police have announced that K9 Fred had to have a toe amputated after being diagnosed with melanoma cancer.
Police say K9 Fred developed a limp associated with what appeared to be an injury to his left hind paw.
After treatment at a veterinarian clinic, police say the wound did not heal.
He was referred to another veterinarian, who believed that one of his pads may have contained a foreign object, and a procedure was done on June 6 to remove a portion of the pad on his third toe.
Once the removed section was sent for testing, a diagnosis for melanoma cancer was confirmed.
The toe continued to be a problem, police said, and had grown so large that it was affecting his movement.
Police say tests on the K9 Fred’s lymph nodes came back negative for the spread of the cancer.
According to Janesville Police, there is a suspicion that the cancerous tumor may have grown back, and tests are being done to confirm it.
The dog’s handler, Officer Drew Severson, discovered and organization in Madison that funds canine cancer research and treatment, Czar’s Promise, which has agreed to pay for all of Fred’s cancer treatments.
Police say K9 Fred is “resting comfortably and we hope he will be back on duty in a few weeks.”
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