Arpaio's sling sells for $2,600; proceeds benefit abused animals

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PHOENIX -- A medical sling worn by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sold for $2,600.

Arpaio put the sling he wore after breaking his shoulder up for auction on eBay. Retired law enforcement professional Buck Dikes of Northern California placed the winning bid, according to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Brandon Jones.

The proceeds will benefit Arpaio's no-kill shelters.

"The winning amount is sufficient enough for the considered purchase of at least one doggie treadmill, some horse harnesses, and a plethora of other supplies, for the care of the abused and neglected animals," according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

The shelter operates inside the county's closed First Avenue Jail. It allows female inmates from the Estrella Jail to take care of abused and neglected animals that were rescued from crime locations.

"A number of these animals were left for dead by thoughtless and cruel individuals," Arpaio said. "The folks who bid on my sling are now partners in their survival, with special thanks to Mr. Dikes."

Jones said Dikes plans to visit Arizona on July 18 to receive the autographed sling and photos of Arpaio wearing it in person.

Arpaio broke his shoulder in February when he tripped on his way to lunch in downtown Phoenix.