By Bridget Albert
From: Milford-Orange Bulletin
MILFORD — The condition of Rocky, the 7-year-old shepherd/husky mix dog that was stabbed during a recent homicide, has improved, VCA Shoreline Hospital Manager Susan Corona said Monday morning.
The dog was stabbed during a Sept. 23 incident in which a 51-year-old woman was killed and her husband committed suicide.
The dog underwent emergency surgery Friday, during which one of the lobes of his lungs was removed. One of the stab wounds had pierced the lobe. VCA Shoreline first placed the dog on a Pleur-evac machine to remove the air that was leaking in. However, the surgery was necessary to save the animal’s life, Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian Danna Torre said.
“He is doing better and better every day,” Corona said, adding that they may take the chest tube out today.
Rocky suffered more than 10 stab wounds, some of them very deep in his chest area. Corona said the dog still has drains in for some of the other wounds he suffered.
Catherine Fox, 51, of 123 Branca court, was stabbed and strangled Sept. 23, in what the chief state medical examiner’s office ruled a homicide, and her husband, Kenneth Fox, 50, committed suicide by hanging.
Rocky is owned by the Foxes’ 19-year-old son, Milford Animal Control Officer Rick George said.
He was initially taken to Snowflake Pet Center and transferred to VCA last Tuesday. Torre said Snowflake addressed the dog’s multiple wounds, placing drains in some of them but on Tuesday Rocky was transferred to VCA to address a lung problem.
Torre has said Rocky is a wonderful dog and is very sweet.
Corona said the dog is an excellent patient.
“He is probably the best patient in the world … he is very special,” she said.
And, she said he is beginning to eat on his own, as well as being able to stand and wag his tail.
Because the dog’s injuries are so severe, the Milford chapter of the United Way and George are trying to raise money for Rocky’s medical costs.
United Way President Gary Johnson has said the board of directors decided to set up the fund to assist the Fox family.
Donations can be sent to the United Way of Milford, P.O. Box 221, 20 Evergreen Ave., Milford 06460.
Corona said the hospital is beginning to receive donations to help defray the expenses. So far, she said, they have received $260.
“This will definitely help,” she said.
A separate fundraiser for Rocky and his owner, Eric Fox. will be held at the Orange Ale House 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The $10 donation includes buffet. $1 will be donated from every drink. Owner Jim Hassenmayer is host of the event.
Police Officer Jeffrey Nielsen said police are still investigating what occurred inside the Foxes’ 123 Branca Court home.
Police had received a 911 call from a relative visiting the Fox home at 10:10 a.m. Friday, indicating the couple appeared to be dead, police said.
Police have declined to comment on any specifics of the case except that it was “domestic in nature.” Sources had indicated that it appeared to be a murder-suicide, but police would not confirm that.
Nielsen said police will not comment further until the investigation is concluded.
Police had been to the home before on domestic complaints, according to court records.
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