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 The Auditor

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The Auditor

  • Birth unknown USA
  • Death 18 Nov 2003 Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
  • Memorial ID 9539296

The wary dreadlocked mutt that survived more than 17 years alone in the hositle environment of Butte's Berkeley Pit died peacefully in his doghouse. Nobody knows where he came from or why he lived in the barren waste dumps, leach pads and mine roads above the rim of the huge former copper mine. The mile wide bowl shaped pit holds some 30 billion gallons of water so contaminated by heavy metals
that nearly 350 snow geese died when they landed on it in 1995. The Auditor was first spotted in 1986 and soon became the unofficial mascot of the miners who loved him for his sheer toughness. They built him a shanty of a house,made him a bed of rags and left food for him. In recent years on the advice of a veterinarian they started adding baby aspirin to help his arthiritic limp. The Auditor ate his last meal of Alpo and was found dead in his bed on the 18th. Mine employees said the dog always showed up when least expected, so they called him "The Auditor". He often disappeared for weeks . His thick filthy coat matted almost to the point of armor hid any clue to the dog's breed and showed only his hardened snout. Some years back one of the miners who cared for the dog was able to shear his bangs in one of the only instances of human contact the Auditor ever allowed. The miner said he found a pair of beautiful eyes. The Auditor was cremated and his ashes will be buried at the Granite Mountain Memorial that overlooks Butte. He was 17 years old
From news article in The Missoulian in 2003

  • Created by: Sandra Marquard/Gingery
  • Added: 1 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9539296
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for The Auditor (unknown–18 Nov 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9539296, citing Granite Mountain Memorial, Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Sandra Marquard/Gingery (contributor 46580638) .