Cassie the service dog has a habit of helping people. But now she's the one who needs help.
The American Red Cross Disaster K-9 from Connecticut slipped and hyperextended her legs, according to owner Micahel Ranieri. She needs surgery, but since the Red Cross program is funded exclusively by donations, the money just isn't there.
"She is the most lovable and wonderful dog and will do anything to make you feel good, find you or just comfort you from stress," Ranieri wrote on a fundraising page set up to cover Cassie's medical expenses.
Cassie helps with disaster relief and the armed forces, works as a therapy dog, participates in school programs and works closely with the community. Rainieri said Cassie's injuries are preventing her from being able to do her job properly.
Rainieri's fundraising goal is $8,000. He said the money will go toward Cassie's surgery, anestheia, bloodwork, vet visits and ongoing physical therapy. So far, he's raised $560.