Pitbull attack: Cost of saving his dog overwhelms owner

Gone is the esophageal tube, he’s chomping on dry dog food again, Rosco is back home in Auburn.

In all ways, the dog’s physical recovery has been remarkable, said Rosco’s owner, Charles Howley.

“Rosco’s pretty much back to his old self, and is even barking,” Howley said. “He’s not acting timid or anything.”

But more than a month after an aggressive pitbull – which should have been confined but wasn’t — nearly killed him, the wounds are still ugly, and a broken shoulder blade has saddled the 2½-year-old Yorkie with a limp.

In the meantime, police are still looking for the dog “Nita” and her owners, Eric and Melissa Tracy, the latter who also goes by the name of Melissa Richardson

The 25-second attack on Sept. 21 on the back porch of Howley’s home not only came close to killing his dog, it has since burdened him with a veterinary bill from Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Renton that now tops $18,000.

“I don’t have a lot of money because my wife, Lisa, is sick and it goes for her treatment,” Howley said. “Emerald City Pet Rescue is going to make a pretty good donation, but we don’t know yet what that is. I don’t know how many more treatments Rosco will need.”

Howley is now talking with a lawyer who handles nothing but animal cruelty cases.

“Personally, I want these two owners to be prosecuted for being irresponsible owners of this dog. They had two dogs, and had to keep them separated in their own house. That’s stupid,” Howley said.

While Howley has put in $5,000 toward Rosco’s treatment and continues as best he can to whittle away at the sum, as of this writing, he owes $12,500.

And that is proving a difficult mountain to master.

If anyone would like to help with Roscoe’s recovery, they may do so by mailing a check or money order marked, “In Care of Rosco’s Recovery,” to P.O. Box 2106, Auburn, WA, 98071.

More in News

An architectural rendering of what the new Dick Scobee Elementary School will look like. COURTESY, Auburn School District
Public invited to Nov. 14 open house to learn more about new Scobee Elementary School

Building for Learning, a Dick Scobee Community Open House, is set for… Continue reading

Eric Davis. COURTESY PHOTO
Auburn speaker selected for statewide program

Auburn resident Eric Davis has been selected to serve on Humanities Washington’s… Continue reading

Boeing considers moving 1,400 jobs to Kent

Transfers could start in first quarter of 2019

Veteran turns 100 on centennial of WWI ending

Man recalls life, Air Force pilot experience

This tiled-section of the American-Vietnamese memorial bears the names of veterans who fought in the conflict, which came to an official end in 1975. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
Public welcomed to visit the Vietnam War monument

Joint American-Vietnamese memorial at Les Gove Park was years in the making

Don Hanson: Sailor, World War II veteran and Auburn VFW member dies at 96

Served five years aboard a U.S. Navy battleship in the Pacific theater

Remembering a veteran settler: Oscar Skagen

By Maurice Skagen and Karen Meador/For the Reporter The centennial of the… Continue reading

Residents, groups to receive Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards in Auburn

Two Washington veterans organizations and seven residents, including Auburn’s Aaron Quinonez, will… Continue reading

Serve and sacrifice: show of honor for veterans, military members

Spectators embrace procession of military units, marching bands and other groups | PHOTOS

Most Read