KOMO viewers come through for therapy dog's life-saving surgery

BUCKLEY, Wash. -- There's been an outpouring of support for the companion dog of a child sexual assault victim. The pet needs expensive life-saving ear surgery, but the family couldn't afford it. So the Problem Solvers stepped in.

Cody is a mix of Chow, Rottweiler and Lab. He developed severe tumors in both ears that became infected and have turned painful. Without $4,000 for corrective surgery, money the family doesn't have, they fear Cody might have to be put to sleep.

"It makes me feel sad because Cody has always been there for me," said the young victim.

But after KOMO viewers saw Cody's story and read about it here online, the reaction was immediate. Enough money was raised to pay for the surgery.

A $4,000 Problem Solvers check was presented Friday to the girl and her mother at Dr. Richard Vetter's Foothills Veterinary Hospital in Buckley.

As the mother teared up she said, "It's better than putting him down."

Dr. Vetter already has the surgery scheduled for two weeks from now. He said, "We appreciate the generosity of your viewership." He's asked, "And you're donating a lot your effort and time?" Dr. Vetter: "Exactly."

Cody will get the surgery he needs and a big burden is lifted from his family.

"KOMO raised $4,000 in a day and a half. Truly I was not expecting it that fast," the young victim said.

And money raised over the amount of the surgery will be used for other pets in need of help.