Pittsburgh City Council considers medical bills for police dog


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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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