Northeast Alabama Community College’s beloved campus dog passes away

Roscoe The Campus Dog
NAAC’s very own. (Northeast Alabama Community College / Facebook)

Students and faculty of Northeast Alabama Community College, located in Rainsville, Alabama, are mourning the loss of Roscoe, their beloved “campus dog” of many years. Keep reading to learn how Roscoe’s legacy lives on.

A Northeast Legend

Roscoe was a black Labrador who chose Northeast as his home. He was a neighborhood dog whose family moved and he kept returning to the campus. Finally, the college took him in.

Roscoe was a friend to all on campus. He had a doghouse, but often slept inside one of the college buildings. When he was younger, Roscoe loved to ride across campus in the maintenance staff’s carts. He never failed to be the first to the campus buildings at 6AM to help start the day.

He passed away on Monday just days after a statue dedicated to him and the campus mascot was unveiled.

According to NACC President Dr. David Campbell, Roscoe passed away at what they believed to be at least 15 years old.

Remembering Roscoe

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The new statue designed by Barbara Kilgore. (Northeast Alabama Community College / Facebook)

On May 12, NACC unveiled a statue honoring Trouper the Mustang, the college’s official mascot, and Roscoe, the campus dog. The bronze statue shows Trouper and Roscoe nose to nose.

“We were blessed that we had him at Northeast for as long as we did and so glad that he made it pass our Trouper/Roscoe statue unveiling of May 12. We are going to miss Roscoe dearly, but his spirit, legend and likeness in the statue will be with us forever.”

Dr. David Campbell, President, NACC

At the time of the unveiling, Campbell wrote that the statue would serve as a permanent reminder of the NACC community.

“Northeast family takes in and nurtures its students and community and makes the campus their home, as they did with Trouper and Roscoe.”

Dr. David Campbell, President, NACC

Roscoe will be buried near the walking trail on campus. Northeast Alabama Community College will remember their beloved dog and think of him when they see the beautiful statue on campus.

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Callie Puryear
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