Group works to get lifetime care for slain officer's police dog

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- With just a click of the mouse, it's easy to find a Facebook page dedicated to the police dog who was dedicated to his owner.

Thousands of people have already "liked" the "Friends of Figo" Facebook page while others work to get the charity ip and rolling.

"How could you not help?" Clayton Harvey, Owner of Lexington's Bluegrass Barkey said during an interview with WKYT-TV.

From behind the till at his Tiverton Way store, he says he's been making and getting a lot of phone calls about trying to help the slain officer's dog.

Officer Jason Ellis had worked as a K-9 unit with the Bardstown Police Department for seven years. He was murdered in an ambush two weeks ago as he headed home along a Nelson County Highway.

A photo of his beloved dog, "Figo," with his paw on his master's casket went viral and Harvey says that's when "Friends of Figo" was born.

"As a single mother with two children, one with special needs, the biggest focus is to make sure he's taken care of and nothing this family will have to worry about," Harvey said with determination in his voice.

Harvey says he's setting up the charity so it will be transparent and easy to make donations. He's working with vendors he buys from to get a lifetime supply of food for the police dog and medical care.

Harvey said, "As a small business owner and locally owned business, this is what it's all about. We want to be as tied in to the ccommunity as possible."

With pledges coming in, Harvey is grateful for friends and customers he can count on. He also says sadly, this case hits close to home.

"I have friends that are Lexington Police Oficers," Harvey explained. "We have a lot of K-9 Officers that shop here with us. We know these people on a first name basis. As a business, how can you not help this family?"

In addition to gathering funds and donations, Harvey says the group is planning a fundraising walk in July. While those details haven't been worked out, he says he wishes he didn't have to work on any of this at all.

"I would love nothing more than if officer Ellis was still here."

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