A former military guard dog has found a home in Utica but still needs help.
Mex is a 5-year-old military guard dog who spent two years patrolling a military base in Afghanistan.
Mex received the U.S. Military Working Dog Service Award but had to be retired when he started suffering hip pain.
His condition has gotten worse, and he can only use his front legs to get around.
His owners, Bob and Cheryl Ross, say veterinarians only give Mex two years before he is completely paralyzed.
"He hasn't given up, and we're not going to give up on him either. That's the main thing. We want to try to provide the best quality of life for him as long as he's willing," said Bob Ross.
The Rosses are looking to raise $2,500 to cover the cost of medications, therapy and a cart that would let Mex play outside.
Any extra money they receive will be donated to the Military Working Dog Adoptions or the U.S. War Dog Association.
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