Donations Pour In to Help Ex-Cop Buy His K9 Partner The law says he has to bid on the dog at auction By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jan 30, 2016 4:55 PM CST 26 comments Comments Matt Hickey and Ajax, who he says is like family after three years as partners on the police force. (GoFundMe) (Newser) – A retired Ohio police officer wants to purchase his longtime K9 partner, but the town says he's going to have to bid for him. Recently retired Marietta officer Matt Hickey wants to buy his partner, Ajax. He's offered to pay $3,500—Ajax's estimated value. But the city says Ajax must be sold at auction because he's public property. A GoFundMe page set up to help buy Ajax has raised more than $24,000 as of Saturday. The page says excess funds will go toward buying protective vests for other K9 officers. Hickey tells WBNS-TV that he's had Ajax for three years and that he's like a family member. Marietta officials say they'll only allow a police officer—active or retired—or a trainer of police dogs to bid on Ajax.