It was a ruff battle, however Brooklynite Barry Myrick is on his means to proudly owning his beloved former canine co-worker Roxy — after going to jail in his combat to maintain her — and he has a Post reader to thank.
“I was on pins and needles during the negotiations, but I keep Roxy — that’s the most important thing,” the 37-year-old, who not too long ago signed the settlement paperwork, informed The Post. “She’s all mine, forever.”
Myrick was a bedbug inspector who labored alongside Roxy for 4 years till the beginning of the pandemic final March, when he selected a voluntary layoff rather than pivot to working as a COVID cleaner with out the pit bull combine.
He was then hit with a authorized battle from his former employer, M&M Environmental of Queens, when he refused to return Roxy. Myrick believed the corporate had forfeited its declare to her.
Myrick was so dedicated, he turned himself into the NYPD after being slapped with prices of grand larceny for preserving Roxy, and spent an evening in jail final August.
Now the felony case towards Myrick is “almost certainly” being dropped, in accordance to his lawyer William J. Kurtz, and Myrick and M&M have struck settlement phrases that may permit the Bed-Stuy resident and his spouse to maintain Roxy.
M&M lawyer Gary Port informed The Post in January that coaching a dog like Roxy can price $15,000, including: “My client did not give this guy a gift of $15,000.”
When reader E. Powell Miller noticed that, he pledged $15,000 for Roxy’s freedom.
“This story hit my heart. You could see the love between Barry and Roxy,” mentioned Miller, a Rochester, Mich., lawyer. “[M&M] said it cost $15,000 to train the dog, so how can they say ‘no’ to $15,000? I’ve been blessed with a lot of opportunities in life. I could always make more money, but is he ever going to get another Roxy again?”
Miller mentioned that he has despatched the cash to Myrick, who confirmed that M&M representatives agreed to signal their a part of the paperwork this week.
Myrick’s plight touched individuals everywhere in the world, who additionally contributed $17,425 to a GoFundMe web page that went to cowl his authorized charges.
Miller — a married father of three and dog dad to Sammy, a Yorkie, and Houdini, a Shih Tzu — mentioned that he was impressed by his aspiring vet tech daughter and animal advocate spouse to step up. “I can understand that the company invested in the training, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it was in the best interest of Roxy to stay right where she is — with a family who loves her.”
It was the reply to Myrick’s prayers. “He’s a hero to our story. The power of a good deed is unreal,” Myrick mentioned of Miller.
An enchantment by M&M for Myrick to return Roxy was denied by a New York County Supreme Court in February, every week after The Post’s story ran.
“We weren’t given an option to buy her until their appeals were denied, which should have happened on day one — a chance to work something out,” Myrick defined.
Kurtz added that the compensation ought to deal with M&M’s prices after which some. “They have enough to not only acquire and train a new bug sniffing dog, but to handle the expense of the handler too,” he mentioned. “This covers the loss of Roxy and Barry.”
(J&K Academy in Florida, which educated Roxy, prices $11,500 for its Bedbug Detection Canine Program.)
Miller mentioned he’s wanting ahead to his subsequent go to to New York, when he can meet Myrick and Roxy in particular person, however for now he solely has one request: “I told Barry I’d like a photo of Roxy.”
As for Myrick, he mentioned he “feels a moral obligation to pay it forward. I’ll find a way to do good,” he mentioned. “In a time of such division, everyone can agree dogs are family. They’re not property and you can’t separate them [from loved ones]. Love transcends everything.”