Topeka Cafe Manager's Service Dog Injured

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A visually impaired man who manages three cafeterias in Topeka is missing one of his best workers.

Bill Dain's says his 5-year-old golden retriever, named Kirkcaldy, makes it possible for him to be independent.

Dain manages cafeterias in the Landon State Office Building, the Docking State Office Building and the Westar building. He says his dog helps him navigate between the buildings.

But Kirkcaldy recently had to have surgery on a torn ligament and is out of commission for at least five weeks. The surgery cost $3,200.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) an account to pay the dog's expenses has been established at CoreFirst Bank and Trust in Topeka.

Co-workers and other state employees have held bake sales and made donations but only one-third of the costs have been covered.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,