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Veteran Racine K9 police officer Marco is home and resting after suffering a life-threatening case of bloat.

Marco was rushed to an animal hospital in Franklin Thursday after his human partner found the dog throwing up and weak, a story from our friends at Racine Uncovered reads. It was quickly determined that Marco was suffering from a twisted stomach, or bloat, and he needed emergency surgery to save his life.

According to aspca.org, a twisted stomach – when the stomach actually turns – is sometimes the result of rapid eating, heavy exercise after eating, or drinking too much too quickly. Approximately 25 to 40 percent of canine victims of bloat die from the condition, and though any dog can suffer from a twisted stomach, it is more prevalent among large dogs with deep chests.

The costs of Marco’s surgery and recovery are expected to rise to the thousands, and Racine Uncovered is asking neighbors – both individuals and area businesses – to help raise the money necessary.

“I am asking for the entire community to STEP UP and help this hero,” the post reads. “We cannot let this officer who has served Racine for so many years down.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Racine Police Department or at any COP house.

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