9/11 And Katrina Search Dog Dies Of Cancer

9/11 And Katrina Search Dog Jake Dies Of CancerJake the black Labrador was abandoned on a street with a broken leg and a dislocated hip 11 years ago. The 10-month-old puppy would eventually grow up to rescue injured people from Ground Zero and disasters such as building collapses, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and avalanches.

[Jake eventually became] one of fewer than 200 U.S. government-certified rescue dogs — an animal on 24-hour call to tackle disasters such as building collapses, earthquakes, hurricanes and avalanches.

Jake’s owner, Mary Flood, put him to sleep after a painful battle with cancer on Wednesday after a final stroll through the fields in Utah, and a swim in the creek near their home. Some people attribute cancers in humans and pets who worked around Ground Zero to the debris and particles that filled the air. It’s unknown if Jake’s tumor was related to his time spent in lower Manhattan.

“He was a great morale booster wherever he went,” Flood said. “He was always ready to work, eager to play — and a master at helping himself to any unattended food items.”

Jake’s owner said Jake’s ashes would be scattered “in places that were important to him,” like his Utah training grounds and near his home where the black Lab swam and played.

Even in his death, Jake the rescue dog will continue to contribute to society. His necropsy results will be added to a veterinary a medical study on the Sept. 11 dogs conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. The report also says that ccientists have yet to find significant evidence linking exposure to 9/11 dust and illnesses in pets.

(Source: AP via MSNBC)

Thanks to Susan, Irene and merlinmarshall.

16 Responses to “9/11 And Katrina Search Dog Dies Of Cancer”

  1. Bridgett says:

    RIP Jake. You were a brave and very good dog.

  2. Katie says:

    Mary, I’m sorry for your loss of Jake; an incredible dog who helped so many. Jake, I wish for you a safe journey to the Rainbow Bridge.

    Katie

  3. Chad says:

    Some so called human tossed him out, nearly killing him. And in return all Jake did was save human lives. RIP Jake, enjoy that bridge.

  4. Shawn says:

    What a beautiful animal. He glows! I know he will be missed mightedly.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a lifetime dog. RIP Jake

  6. Debra says:

    Sounds like a lifetime dog. RIP Jake

  7. mya says:

    thank you jake. what a wonderful dog inside and out.

  8. Trudy Jackson says:

    Jake, You were and always will be a Hero. Have a great time at the bridge. RIP.

  9. nora says:

    Jake the dog was a courageous survivor. Beautiful and full of life and compassion, he proved yet once again that the humans who abused and abandoned him should have been horsewhipped and thrown out like garbage. Jake will wait for his loving owner at the Rainbow Bridge, panting his approval. Although I never knew ye, I love you Jake.

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  11. Donna says:

    Jake, was a true american hero. We will grieve your passing. All the struggle and sacrafice, still nothing done about 9/11. Do not allow jake’s sacrafice to be in vain. Insist in memory of jake, that the borders be secured. Jake gave his all. What security improvements have you seen since 9/11 ? We lost a great dog, who gave his soul to help people. Mary, may you find peace in your grief. Thank you, jake and mary. Rest in peace, beautiful boy.

  12. Lynne says:

    Jake was one of many rescuers, human and animal, who are battling for their lives.

    One example:
    Now in constant physical pain, Tartaglia is laboring to create an organized 9/11 Fund to help those who answered the call of duty after September 11th but have been thus far completely ignored by the government. His hope is that the organization could arrange for yearly check-ups for Ground Zero workers, ensure communication with their personal care physicians, and offer psychological counselling.

    Despite public outcries, the Federal Government continues to deny any environmental problems exist as a result of September 11th. No medical help or medical reimbursement is offered to Ground Zero Rescue Workers.
    link is here:
    http://www.infowars.com/articl.....taglia.htm

  13. 5CatMom says:

    Mary,

    So sorry for Jake’s loss. What a great and beautiful dog.

  14. gatorfan says:

    Mary, your hero Jake was needed for a better job. That is the only way I can deal with death from Cancer. My emotions are running so high these days about all things evil in this world, I am taking a moment to cry for you and for Jake. Bless you both as he is still with you in spirit. Regards and thank you, Patti

  15. Furball Mom says:

    I type this as the tears flow. Bless you Jake, for your courage. You are a hero! And bless you, Mary, for not allowing him to suffer. I pray that the two of you will meet again in a better, safer place.

  16. ANGELA BRUCE says:

    JAKE, I’M SURE IS FROLICKING IN HEAVEN WITH THE ANGELS AND MAYBE CONTINUING ON WITH WHAT HE LOVED TO DO ON EARTH. THE STORY WAS VERY SAD TO READ. I WAS READING IT AT WORK AND ALMOST CRIED. I HAVE 4 BLACK LABS AND 1 YELLOW AND CANNOT IMAGINE LOSING EVEN 1 TO CANCER. THEY WILL SAY A PRAYER FOR JAKE TONIGHT. HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL BOY


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