Lafayette murder victim’s dog in caring hands

Rick Couch Dog

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The pet of a murder victim is now in caring hands.

Known simply as “Dog,” the three-year-old pit bull used to belong to Rick Couch. As News 18 previously reported, Couch was found beaten to death in his Lafayette home Wednesday morning.

Neighbor and dog trainer Lori Gooding asked Lafayette police if she could care for the dog after another neighbor alerted her to the situation. She said that neighbor heard Dog barking in the night, leading them to check on Couch’s well-being.

“That’s what pit bulls were bred for. They were bred to be loyal family dogs and to take care of children and that’s what Dog did. He cared for the one-year-old and for Rick the whole time,” said Gooding. “I get emotional about that because that child was there and she wouldn’t leave the child’s side.”

Dog is now living with fellow trainer, and Couch family friend, Scott Stone. He will keep her for 30 days and certify her as a therapy dog. He will then put her up for adoption or keep her. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s