Students and faculty raised over $2,000 to help a police canine that has worked for the West Brandywine Police Department for nearly nine years and was recently diagnosed with cancer.Erin Talley and Kerri Cupstid, both fourth-grade teachers at Rainbow Elementary School along with Cliff Maloney, principal, teamed up to raise money for K-9 Officer Rudy.

Rudy has participated in programs at Rainbow Elementary School in prior years, and the school felt compelled to do something to help Rudy.

Rudy, a 9-year-old German shepherd, was diagnosed with cancer after he underwent emergency surgery Oct. 23. Since veterinarians removed a cancerous tumor from Rudy's spleen, he has undergone chemotherapy at the Veterinary Oncology Services in West Chester.

The news has been devastating to Rudy's handler, West Brandywine Cpl. Gary Williams, who has taken care of the dog since he was 8 weeks old.

"The doctor gave me the worst possible news he could've given," Williams said last month.

Students at Rainbow have grown to love Rudy through his visits to the school. When students learned of Rudy's illness the school went immediately into action and launched a penny drive. In November, the school raised over $2,500.

The school presented the money to Rudy and Williams Friday. It will help cover medical expenses, which exceed $5,000.

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