He's already lived well passed his life expectancy.

However, Arlo the honorary Hamden police K9, recently took a turn for the worse.

Arlo suffers from a heart defect, but has defied odds to play the part of a Hamden K9 since November.

He had been doing well until recently.

In perhaps a horrible twist of fate, surgery is now an option for the dog. His owner told Channel 3 that she simply didn't have the money for it.

However, Ashley Sakelarakis of Woodbridge Animal Control said that changed on Thursday,

An account was set up a few weeks ago at the Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine in North Haven with hopes that donations can help offset the costs.

"It is with eternal gratitude that I let you know that we are no longer in need of donations for Arlo and his surgery," she wrote on Facebook. "We have reached our donation goal in the few days since our plea was made. The generosity of those who donated will never be forgotten and has made our hearts a little lighter. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

The account was set up for Arlo/Ashley Sakelarakis .

Channel 3 was there when Arlo was sworn in last fall.

Sakelarakis created a sort of bucket list for him after she adopted him.

She's taken him out for burgers, ice cream and even a visit to the Channel 3 studio on Rocky Hill.

For a dog that was supposed to pass on in October, Sakelarakis is hoping for one more miracle.

Arlo's surgery remains on schedule for April 27.

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