The Cockrum family was without their dog, Roscoe, for the past few months. And finally after months of frustration and fighting for their dog, Roscoe has returned home.
The Cockrums had adopted Roscoe, a German shepherd mix, from the Kansas City, Kansas animal shelter in December 2006.
In late October, Roscoe was on a chain in front of the house when an animal control officer went onto the property and told the Cockrums that there was an anonymous complaint that Roscoe was an illegal breed. The officer said that he was a pit bull, but Sasha Cockrum said that he was a shepherd mix. The officer continued to disagree and said that Roscoe had the characteristics of a pit bull because of his high-pitched bark.
The officer proceeded to take Roscoe and seize him from their property.
The Cockrum family went to the Kansas City animal shelter that same afternoon and even took along documentation from the animal shelter showing that one of their own animal control officers said that Roscoe was a German shepherd mix in June.
The family said that the shelter then claimed that they were neglecting Roscoe and also said that they were simply keeping Roscoe because he was not neutered.
Cockrum said that due to financial problems after a hard pregnancy, the family did not have funds to neuter Roscoe.
The family said that at first, the shelter’s director told them that he would return Roscoe to the family, but after a few days, he said that he was not going to give Roscoe back and he would either be adopted to another family or euthanized.
A local news team became involved in Roscoe’s situation, and employees at the shelter told the news team that they needed to contact the city’s public information officer to get any answers about Roscoe. The officer stated that Roscoe was alive, but refused any requests for anyone to see Roscoe.
The Cockrums said, “It’s very upsetting. He was a family dog. He slept with us. He ate dinner when we ate dinner. He was protective over the kids.”
Finally, after months of waiting, Roscoe was returned to his family last week after he was neutered.
The Cockrums also paid a fine for failing to register Roscoe under the city’s animal adoption rules.