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(THE DAILY NEWS - RUTHERFORD COUNTY) Buddy, the dog who helped save the life of Rutherford County Sheriff's K-9 officer Ely, now has a home. On Monday, a couple from Hendersonville made the trip to Williams Animal Hospital and took the mixed-breed dog home.

"It's on a trial basis," said Katie Love, a staff member at the veterinarian's office where Buddy was kenneled until a home could be found for him. His previous owner surrendered him because of negative behavior toward a small dog already living in the home.

Dr. Jean LaValley said he was such a sweet dog and perfectly healthy, she didn't have the heart to put him down. So staff members set out to find the dog a home.

As luck would have it, a blood transfusion from Buddy helped Ely gain enough strength to heal.


K-9 officer Ely was treated after collapsing in 90-degree heat while tracking a shooting suspect. Although Ely got to go home, Buddy remained at the kennel awaiting adoption.

"We had several people call and ask about him, but they didn't know he had to go to a home without small dogs," Love said. "Sgt. (Lee) Young (Ely's human partner) said he had a bunch of inquiries about him, too." At the end of last week, a family came to visit but "changed their minds" about Buddy.

The second family on the list did agree to take Buddy home for a trial run. "We talked to them this morning and so far, it's going good," Love said. "They said he slept in the bed with him last night with their other dog. But they said they'll let us know in a few days if it's going to work out."

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