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Cumberland County police dog fights crime while battling cancer

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A police dog returns to Central Pennsylvania after three days of cancer treatment.

Bruder fights crime for the Silver Spring Township Police Department.  He’s been on the force for 5 years.  But his duties were put on hold about a month ago when a cancerous tumor was found on Bruder’s leg.  So he’s spent the last few days at an animal oncology center outside of Philadelphia.  On Friday, he returned from a round of radiation.  Officer David Jenkins says as soon as Bruder completes six more weeks of radiation, he’ll return to the streets.

Officer Jenkins says, “We only have 5 dogs in Cumberland County, so with him down, the other four are carrying the weight.  Bruder, he’s my partner, we go all over Cumberland County and help other agencies.”

After a few weeks of treatment, he’s expected to return to the streets in the new year.

Now the department’s facing the high cost of Bruder’s radiation therapy.  It’s costing them around $6,000.  If you want to help, you can donate money, by contact the Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital, or the Silver Spring Township Police Department.

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