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Donations will get veteran's service dog needed surgery

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Generous people will help a local disabled veteran get his service dog a surgery the animal desperately needs.

John Peek of Vancouver has diabetes and he said his service dog Buddy has saved his life numerous times. He said Buddy can tell when his blood sugar gets too low at night and jumps on the bed to wake him up.

Buddy has two tumors that have continued to grow over the years. Peek said he's living on a small pension and couldn't afford the surgery.

An account was setup at the U.S. Bank in Hazel Dell and the donations poured in. A radio station also raised funds for Peek and Buddy.

Peek said Tuesday he received enough to cover Buddy's surgery, around $1,100.

Buddy is going in for the operation Friday morning at the Evergreen Animal Hospital in Vancouver.

Peek said Buddy is more than just a service dog to him and so many others. He said Buddy is very well-known around the Portland VA Medical Center.

"He means everything to me," Peek said. "If I lost him, I don't know what I'd do."

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