Pittsburgh City Council considers medical bills for police dog
March 11, 2014 1:48 PM
Pittsburgh Police K-9 officers line up on the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum on Feb. 7 for the procession ceremony before the memorial service for fallen K-9 officer Rocco.
By Liz Navratil / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh City Council members are considering paying more than $12,000 to cover the veterinary bills for a police dog that died after it was stabbed in January.
Resolutions filed today would authorize the city to pay $12,991 to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Ohio Township for care given to Rocco after he was stabbed Jan. 28 while trying to apprehend a fugitive.
Rocco died at the center two days later, after undergoing multiple procedures to attempt to treat his stab wound and blood loss.
John Rush, a 21-year-old homeless man formerly from McKees Rocks, is in jail, where he is awaiting trial on charges that he stabbed Rocco and several police officers, including the dog's handler.
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