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    Ajax the K-9 officer.

    The tear-jerking tale of a retired Ohio cop who feared his beloved K-9 would be auctioned off to a stranger ended with some barking — but no bite.

    Matthew Hickey was told Monday he could keep Ajax by simply signing-up to be an auxiliary cop in Marietta, Ohio, NBC News reported.

    "I am prepared to do everything I can so that dog, which I know you love, stays with you," Police Chief Rodney Hupp said.

    But as Hickey stood nearby, Hupp reminded the ex-officer that they floated the idea of making him an auxiliary cop before he went public with his complaints about losing Ajax — and before an online campaign to rescue the pooch was launched that has raised $65,000 so far and lots and lots of sympathy.

    "You could have stopped this train wreck, simply by saying, 'they're working on a solution,'" Hupp said.