Legions of people contributed to a GoFundMe page for the cause. Originally targeting $3,500 - the funds Hickey had thought he needed to buy Ajax - the donations have since skyrocketed to around $60,000.
The man who started the online campaign, Corey Orr, told CNN remaining funds will go toward buying bullet- and stab-proof vests for the department's other canine officers. The jackets, from Vested Interest in K9s, cost around $1,050 each. He "expected a few thousand (dollars in donations) but nothing like this."
The media glare, however, seems to have gotten under the skin of Marietta officials.
At Monday's press conference, Hupp told reporters they had been working on a plan to keep the pair together before the fundraising and social media campaign.
He seemed to blame Hickey for going public with the story.
"You could have stopped this train wreck, simply by saying, 'They're working on a solution,'" he said.