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Emmett to give police dog Roscoe a fond farewell

The back of Emmett Police Chief Gary Scheihing’s police car sustained serious damage after being struck June 30 by a semi-truck. Photo provided by the City of Emmett.
The back of Emmett Police Chief Gary Scheihing’s police car sustained serious damage after being struck June 30 by a semi-truck. Photo provided by the City of Emmett.

A memorial service will be held July 21 for the police dog who died from injuries suffered in a recent traffic accident.

The service will take place at 1 p.m. at Carberry Elementary School, 1950 E. 12th St. The public is invited to attend.

Roscoe was riding in the back of a car driven by Chief Gary Scheihing when it was struck from behind on June 30.

A semitrailer driven by Kenneth Myers, 51, of Kuna, struck the back of Scheihing’s car at a stoplight at the intersection of Idaho 16 and South Johns Road.

Scheihing was taken to a Boise hospital for treatment and later released.

Roscoe, who was seriously injured, was taken to Gem Veterinary Clinic in Emmett. About five hours later, the clinic posted on Facebook that the dog had been euthanized, with Scheihing and other officers at his side.

Myers was cited for misdemeanor inattentive or careless driving. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 26 in Gem County Magistrate Court.

Scheihing expressed his thanks to the greater Emmett community and to police departments throughout Idaho and beyond for offering support and well-wishes following the death of Roscoe.

For many years, Scheihing and his family have adopted dogs — including Roscoe — from animal shelter and then trained them for service as police dogs.

In memory of Roscoe, Scheihing suggests people consider making a donation to an animal shelter of their choice. If folks cannot contribute money, Scheihing asks that they consider volunteering for a day at a shelter.

Scheihing praised veterinarian Mark Howlett and his staff.

“Roscoe received superior care there. Their love, support and dedication to Roscoe was clearly evident every time they attended him, even to the end,” Scheihing said in a written statement.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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