(WBNG) — Binghamton K-9 Rudi is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.
His handler, Binghamton police officer Drew Fessenden, says it started with a nosebleed and when it didn’t stop he took Rudi to Cornell University. That’s where he went through a series of tests and the doctors determined he has the disorder.
“On Saturday he was so close to dying, I mean he was completely different from the Rudi that I know who is just 100 percent all the time and all about work, so it’s been a long haul and emotional,” said Fessenden.
K-9 Rudi is only three years old and in his two years working in Broome County, Fessenden says he’s assisted in more than 100 arrests.
“He’s a really serious dog, when we’re at work he means business all the time, all he wants to do is work,” said Fessenden.
For days Rudi has been undergoing treatment and his handler says it’s been tough to watch.
“You can’t describe it, they’re not only your canine, they’re you’re partner. He’s with me pretty much around the clock day in and day out,” he said. “I feel so helpless as his handler that I’m not able to do anything for him and he’s stuck there where he doesn’t want to be.”
The department has been raising money to help with the growing medical bills. In 24 hours the department has raised almost $700. You can follow Rudi’s journey on Facebook and donate to his cause by clicking here.