Carrie Underwood Comes to the K-9 Rescue

Donation Will Help Pay Medical Bills for Law Enforcement Dog in Oklahoma

I’m calling this one your “feel-good Friday moment,” courtesy of the ever-altruistic Carrie Underwood.

The country superstar and animal advocate has once again come to the aid of a furry friend in need. This time, the lucky dog is Gino the German shepherd — a track, apprehension and narcotics detection dog stationed in Underwood’s home area of McIntosh County, Oklahoma.

According to the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper, when officer Kevin Branscum of the local sheriff’s department recently took his four-legged partner into the vet for an already stressful surgical procedure, further tests yielded more devastating news: Gino had contracted heartworms and would be facing a long and hard road to recovery.

And Branscum himself was feeling the pain and financial strain of trying desperately to heal and care for his beloved K-9 partner. Because Gino is privately owned, the sheriff’s department cannot assist with the dog’s medical bills. Branscum told the newspaper the grand total for Gino’s treatment will reach around $4,000.

Cue Underwood to step in.

According to the Phoenix, animal rescuer Bernita Rittenhouse was able to get a message to Underwood, who obviously was more than willing to assist, donating two gorgeous autographed guitars for auction — one for Gino to help pay for treatment and one to raise funds for the fire department.

Details about the fundraisers have been announced, but the guitar for Gino will be auctioned at a later date.

The most important details to note are that Gino is on the road to recovery, and Branscum is grateful to Underwood for her help.

“There are really no words for it,” he told the newspaper. “It’s awesome. Being that she’s from around here makes it even that much more special. … I just want to thank her.”

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.