Pittsburgh City Council authorizes payment of Rocco's veterinary bills

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Pittsburgh City Council today authorized the city to pay more than $12,000 to cover the veterinary care bills for Rocco, a police dog that succumbed to his injuries after being attacked on the job.

Council unanimously passed two resolutions totaling $12,991 in payments to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Ohio Township, which cared for the dog after he was stabbed while attempting to apprehend a fugitive on Jan. 28.

Rocco underwent several procedures before dying two days later.

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. His formal arraignment is scheduled for April 3.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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