By Maura Zurick
May 19, 2016
Kim Toporowych, said Felix and her husband have an "incredible bond" and she "knew that Dan would never have a more loyal partner than Felix."PARMA, Ohio –Just how much a Parma police officer had to pay to reunite with the dog that was his work partner is a matter of perspective. His wife pegs the figure at $3,500. The city says the family paid $1 - and donated $3,499 to the city's coffers.
Kim Toporowych, the the wife of officer Dan Toporowych, said they were told they would have to pay $3,500 to purchase Felix, who was being retired. She said she learned after making the payment that state regulations required only a $1 payment for a decommissioned K-9.Felix is a 6-year-old former Parma K-9 officer. (Maura Zurick)
The Toporowychs raised nearly $4,000 on gofundme to buy the K-9, so it didn't come out of their pockets. Still, Kim Toporowych feels like the city was less than forthcoming in dealing with her husband.
They considered the dog a part of their family but Felix was technically city property. City officials valued the dog at more than $10,000, and determined he could have worked another three years.
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