“They said if he would have stayed outside one more night, he would have died,” said David Roller, Daniel’s father. “There was no way he could have made it home.”
The family said it’s clear the injuries were caused by humans.
“The really special thing about Blazer is his favorite game is search and rescue,” said Katie Roller, David’s wife. “I’ve trained him to find our kids.”
That training came in handy recently when a neighbor’s child got lost in the woods near their home. Katie Roller sent Blazer out and he found the child — a lot like Lassie, the famous collie.
“He’s just a really beloved animal in our whole neighborhood,” she said.
Blazer went missing the same day Katie Roller was in a serious car accident, leaving the family to wonder if he was trying to find her when she didn’t come home.
Katie Roller’s car was totaled in the accident and she was taken to the hospital with a severed artery in her leg. Her leg was almost amputated, and it could still be if it doesn’t heal properly, she said.
When she learned Blazer was missing, Katie Roller checked herself out of the hospital to try to find him.
The family is struggling financially, so Katie Roller’s injury coupled with the injury to Blazer is hitting them hard.
Katie Roller has been unable to work because of health complications, and David Roller owns a professional painting company that has been affected by the recession.
The family lost its home earlier this year and now needs to find about $3,000 to pay for the surgery that saved Blazer’s life. The Rollers worked out a payment plan with the Kitsap Veterinary Hospital in Port Orchard but still needs to come up with $1,500 in the next few days to take Blazer home. The remaining amount would be paid over the next 30 days.
If they can’t come up with the money, they will have to give up Blazer.
The family has started selling belongings, including Katie Roller’s wedding ring.
“We’ve never asked anybody for help, but we decided we needed to tell people someone mutilated our dog and we need help,” she said.
I know a lot of people would say ‘That’s ridiculous, just put him down,’” Katie Roller said. “But tell that to a 10-year-old. Blazer’s my 10-year-old’s best friend in the world.
“It was really hard for me to tell my son that ‘Somebody hurt your dog.’”
To help the Roller family cover the cost of Blazer’s amputation, contact the Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, 3036 Bethel Road, Port Orchard, (360) 876-2021.