Zignature Pet Food Helps Raise Money for Wounded Police Dog
Zignature partnered with Family Pet Food Center to raise funds to pay the hospital bills of Pyro, a police dog wounded in action on April 7, 2019. Coordinated by the Bark N’ Blue Foundation, the fundraiser began on April 16 and will run through May 11.
Pyro, a 2 ½-year-old Belgian Malinois with the Green Bay Police Department K-9 Unit, was stabbed three times in the neck during the apprehension of a suspect, and was treated onsite with a specialized Elite K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Kit. However, Pyro required multiple surgeries at a cost that is already climbing upwards of $25,000, and, like most police dogs, Pyro was not insured, leaving the full cost of his care to the police department.
Zignature is a charitable supporter of the Green Bay Police Department, having donated its proprietary food to feed Pyro and his three fellow K-9 officers for the last six months. Zignature’s Physiologically Tuned formula is meat first, limited-ingredient, hypo-allergenic and has a low glycemic index. As part of its partnership with Family Pet, Zignature will be matching donations made at the Family Pet retail location up to $5,000.
“Pyro is a hero who risks his life on a daily basis to keep the community of Green Bay safe,” said Matt Pitchford, senior territory manager, Midwest for Zignature. “He is one of the thousands of police dogs risking their lives to protect our communities and when we heard he was injured, we knew we wanted to help.”
Pyro has returned home to heal but has a long road to recovery ahead. To donate, visit the Family Pet Food Center, located on 1228 South Military Avenue in Green Bay, Wisc.
“We were moved by Pyro's story and the immediate reaction from the Green Bay community to do their part to help,” said Andrea Downey, owner of Family Pet Food Center. “We plan on showcasing all of the donations we receive behind the register and around our store to inspire our customers to support Team Pyro. We'd love to take some of the financial burden off of the Green Bay Police Department as they wait for their family member to heal.”