Sick search dog's bowl runneth over Barney needed $3,000 for cancer treatments

$43,000 was donated

August 28, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County's search dog Barney has a lot of friends, judging by the results of a Fire Department appeal for donations to pay for his cancer treatments.

"I was totally flabbergasted," fire Battalion Chief Stephen Lancaster told the County Council at a work session yesterday as they discussed how to spend the $43,000 in donations for Barney's chemotherapy -- roughly $40,000 more than needed.

"We weren't expecting the overwhelming response from the citizens," Lancaster said.

After pausing briefly, he blurted out to laughter, "If it had been one of us "

"It would have been less if it had been one of us," said Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall Democrat, referring to politicians.

The 8-year-old golden retriever, one of three county search dogs, is being treated with injections for an enlarged lymph gland condition, known as lymphosarcoma.

Barney, credited with rescuing 40 people in more than 100 searches in seven states during his career, could live and work another three years with the chemotherapy treatments.

The cost of Barney's treatments is estimated at $3,000 over three years.

Lancaster said that money left over would be used to create a fund for future canine illnesses, and to buy, train and equip more dogs for the unit, "so we won't have to go through this again."

The council is set to approve spending the money at its regular legislative session Monday night.

Pub Date: 8/28/96

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