Prescott vet donates surgery to save Yavapai County K-9

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From left, K-9 Lt. Dan Raiss and Deputy Randy Evers presented Dr. Brice Smith with a plaque expressing immense gratitude for his efforts in helping Neo. By Jennifer Thomas From left, K-9 Lt. Dan Raiss and Deputy Randy Evers presented Dr. Brice Smith with a plaque expressing immense gratitude for his efforts in helping Neo. By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – A Prescott veterinarian came to the rescue of a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K-9.

K-9 Deputy Randy Evers took his partner, Neo, to the veterinarian recently because he wouldn't eat and was acting very lethargic, according to sheriff's office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

The vet found a mass in the dog's abdomen and there was fear that it could be cancer, but the cost of surgery would have nearly eliminated the department's budget for veterinary care for the entire K-9 team.

Dr. Brice Smith, owner of Mile Hi Animal Hospital, did not want to let Neo suffer so he offered to donate his time and do the surgery free of charge.

During the procedure, Smith discovered that the mass was not cancer. It was a piece of a tennis ball that was lodged in Neo's intestine.

Since the operation, Evers said Neo acts like a new dog, thanks to a local vet who went above and beyond.