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Whiteland Police Department K-9 Officer Riggs is receiving medical treatment



Indianapolis, Indiana – Following a mystery sickness, a member of the Whiteland Police Department is said to be recovering.

Last week, K-9 Officer Riggs began exhibiting symptoms of illness, as confirmed by the department. Sgt. Doss, his handler, called his veterinarian right away, and after some initial testing and antibiotic administration, Riggs was cleared to go.

According to Whiteland Police, Riggs was sent to an animal hospital in Beech Grove as a result of the test results, which included some anomalous blood testing.

“An exact diagnosis for the health scare is still undetermined at this time, but Riggs is responding
to treatment and will be released today for continued in-home treatments while we await more
bloodwork testing and results over the next few weeks. The good news is that Riggs is stable
and improving every day,” the department said in a release Wednesday.

The unexplained respiratory disease that has been documented in various states in the past month in canines is unrelated to Riggs’ condition.

The department is concerned about the cost of his treatment because it was unplanned and exceedingly costly. Costs are being constantly watched and covered by the Whiteland Police Department and the Town of Whiteland. A GoFundMe established to assist with Riggs’ medical expenses has closed after generating just over $1,300.

“Riggs is a valued member of our department and we are thankful for all the support being given to K9 Riggs, his handler family, and to our department. We are a small community but feel big support from everyone,” Whiteland Police Chief Rick Shipp said.
You can make direct donations to the Whiteland Police Department or the Town of Whiteland to assist with Riggs’ medical expenses.



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