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Frisco third-graders raise money to rescue Roscoe

JULIE SUTOR
Summit Daily/Reid Williams Elementary students swamp Roscoe the dog with affection at the Summit County Animal Shelter Friday. The students conducted a bike wash to raise funds for the dog's care.
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Frisco Elementary School’s third-graders won’t stand for animal cruelty.

On Thursday, about 35 students traveled to the Summit County Animal Shelter to come to the rescue of Roscoe, an abused boxer recovering from his injuries.

The students presented animal shelter staff with a check for $135 to offset the cost of Roscoe’s rehabilitation. They raised the money during a recent bike wash.

“We wanted to help Roscoe so he could get his surgery,” said third-grader Abby Clark.

The 8-month-old puppy arrived at the shelter in April significantly underweight and with several unexplained bone fractures.

He has undergone several X-rays and tests and may require other costly procedures. The case is under investigation.

“We keep the students up on current events, especially when it relates to animals,” said third-grade teacher Heidi Sodetz.

“We read about Roscoe and we wanted to do something. We wanted to do a doggie rodeo, but there was too much liability, so we decided to hold a bike wash.”

On Saturday, May 22, the students rolled up their sleeves at the school’s Bike Safety Rodeo and charged locals $5 per wash, as Roscoe looked on.

“One woman had already given $5, but when she saw Roscoe, she got tears in her eyes and gave $5 more,” Sodetz said.

The Summit County Animal Shelter will earmark the students’ donation for Roscoe’s care in the shelter’s Emergency Medical Fund. The fund pays for medical expenses for abused animals and strays in need of special care.

“I have to give a lot of kudos to this community,” said Anne McKaig, operations manager at the shelter. “It’s their support for animals that makes this happen.”

The experience has been a lesson to Frisco’s third-graders about animal welfare and community involvement.

“You should never hurt a dog. It’s a living thing,” student Kristin Anderson said.

“People who don’t treat animals with respect shouldn’t have animals,” said 9-year-old Miranda Miner. “I’m going to help other animals in the future. I’m never going to adopt from a pet store. I’m always going to go to the shelter.”

Roscoe isn’t yet available for adoption but may be when he fully recovers from his injuries.

For more information about the Summit County Animal Shelter Emergency Medical Fund, including how to contribute to it, contact the shelter at (970) 668-3230.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 x203 or jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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cutline: Frisco Elementary third-graders swamp Roscoe the dog with affection at the Summit County Animal Shelter on Thursday. The children raised $135 through a bike wash event to offset the costs of the abused dog’s medical care.


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