Jamestown, CA– The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office has helped reunite a man and his dog. Last week, the Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a transient man who was being treated in Jamestown for a badly infected dog bite on his hand. The man Alan Koski who is also a homeless Vietnam veteran, was with his dog Buckaroo at the Mathiesen Memorial Health Clinic when Sgt. Scott Johnson arrived. Johnson learned that Koski was bit by Buckaroo while trying to break up an earlier fight he had with another dog.
Because Koski needed further medical treatment and would need to be in the hospital for some time, he was adamant about not leaving Buckaroo unattended. Sgt. Johnson arranged for Animal Control to watch Buckaroo while he was in the hospital.
In the meantime, Sheriff’s Lead Dispatcher Nancy Baker contacted the Veteran’s Administration on behalf of Koski and ensured that he could receive necessary medical care. Sgt. Johnson transported Koski to Animal Control where Buckaroo was given a kennel and fed. Koski was then taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center where his wound was treated. Upon Koski’s release, he attempted to pick up Buckaroo at Animal Control but did not have the $136.00 to pay for Buckaroo’s care.
Luckily with the help of Sgt. Johnson, Koski and Buckaroo were finally able to reunite. A collection was taken at the Patrol Office where Sheriff’s Deputies donated $70.00. The Deputy Sheriff’s Association donated $46.00 and Animal Control donated $20.00.