Roscoe the boxer pays a visit |

Roscoe the boxer pays a visit

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkRoscoe, left, a boxer whose ovner allegedly abused the dog as a puppy, has made a full recovery. He and Shadow, a boxer the Front Range family also adopted, paid a visit to Summit County Monday for the first time since he was given a new home.

FRISCO – Roscoe the boxer ran circles around the room at the Summit County Animal Control and Shelter facility Monday, his tongue lolling from his mouth, his eyes bright, attentive and inquisitive, his stubby tail wagging.”He looks wonderful; he looks really good,” said Lesley Craig, lead animal control officer at the shelter. “He’s a happy dog.”It’s been a long haul to get there, however.Shelter officials took the pup from its owner in April after they received numerous reports that the owner wasn’t taking care of the dog. The dog was placed into protective custody for six weeks with a foster family in Summit County.

The names of the foster and adoptive families – as well as Roscoe’s new name – are not being released for his own protection. He was adopted in July.”We had a court order to hold him, but we thought a home environment would be best,” Craig said. “He’s got a good life now; he really does.”At the time, Roscoe weighed 27 pounds – significantly underweight for his age – and had several unexplained bone fractures in his ribs, legs and jaw. Shelter officials located the pup’s littermates to compare his weight and general condition. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Nathan Suchecki, 23, and charged him with felony animal abuse. The next court appearance is a motions hearing scheduled for Sept. 22.The brown and white puppy captured the attention of residents throughout the High Country.

Children held a bike wash to raise money for the anticipated surgery and numerous tests the pup was expected to undergo. Adults contributed cash and donated services to get the dog back on his feet.Roscoe still faces a few challenges, including possible arthritis along the fracture lines in his bones as he ages. His jaw is still askew, allowing his tongue to slide from his mouth and giving him a loopy look. His adoptive family suspects he’s deaf in one ear.But he’s finally broken the 50-pound mark, Craig said, although he probably will be smaller than other boxers. And he’s friendly, outgoing, energetic and eager to meet new people. He’s adjusted well to his new life, Craig said.The dog and another boxer he lives with, Shadow, paid a visit to Summit County for the first time since Roscoe was adopted.

Craig said it’s rare that her officers see cases of physical assault on animals in Summit County – most are due to neglect. And it’s even more rare that someone is charged with felony charges.The animal cruelty charge is a Class 6 felony, punishable by at least one year in jail and $1,000 to $100,000 in fines. The felony charge is relatively new in Colorado and allows for stiffer penalties in more serious cases of aggravated animal cruelty. Legislators passed it into law in July 2002.Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at

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