RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A priest in Richmond plans to make a generous financial donation to the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office after its beloved police dog died in a car crash Tuesday afternoon.
Father Jim Sichko, Papel Missionary Of Mercy For Pope Francis, says he felt compelled to help after he heard about what happened to ‘Niki,’ the law enforcement dog killed in the crash that left her partner, Captain Casey McCoy, injured.
A dog lover himself, Father Sichko says he understands how difficult it can be to lose a special companion.
He says he’s making a financial donation so the sheriff’s office can get new dog and in addition, will pay for a year’s worth of veterinarian fees for the animal.
“I thought that this could bring them a little hope, a little glimmer, a sense of peace, even in the midst of their sorrow,” says Father Sichko.
Police dogs can cost more than $8,000, according to K-9 training organizations, with training costs reaching into the tens of thousands.
Father Sichko hopes his gift will spark an act of kindness in others.
“We all can do something, not necessarily purchase a K-9, but we can all can do something for those who serve us,” Father Sichko says.