Shawn and Michelle Metzner are handlers for Wisconsin's K-9 Emergency Response Team.
On Saturday, they came from Appleton for a training exercise in Rib Mountain, but never expected what happened.
Shawn and his K-9 Brett were conducting a search when Brett fell off a cliff.. dropping more than 100 feet into a quarry.
The fall caused serious injuries, breaking his jaw, some teeth and a rib.
The K-9 team is made up of volunteers, spending their own time and money to find missing people across Wisconsin.
So when the Metzners found out Brett's vet bills would be several thousand dollars, they knew they would need help.
They're asking for donations to start an emergency vet fund for the whole team.
"If we can establish a fund not only to help Brett but to help all the other dogs that are on the team it will just take a great burden off of our handlers who are already volunteering their time," says Michelle.
Michelle says it was heart-wrenching to hear about Brett's fall, but they're relieved that his injuries weren't more serious.
Just three days after the accident, Brett is recovering well. They're calling him their miracle K-9.
Brett has more surgeries in line to completely heal, which could cost up to 5 thousand dollars.
They've set up a fund for this accident and any future incidents. To donate:
Fox Community Credit Union
c/o K-9 Emergency Response Teams Veterinary Fund
3401 E. Calumet St
Appleton, WI 54915
Click here for more information on this volunteer organization.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.