Hundreds Bid Final Farewell to Heroic War Dog Stricken with Terminal Cancer

CENA ON HIS FINAL RIDE.

Fox News

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to the hero dog whose Marine veteran partner put together a bucket list for him after he was diagnosed with bone cancer. Cena, a black lab who served three tours in Afghanistan as a bomb-sniffer with the Marines, lived his final years with Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, as his service dog.

DeYoung and Cena were first paired in 2009 after a personality test, and later deployed to Afghanistan together. In 2014, the pair reunited when DeYoung adopted Cena as his service dog for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He said having Cena around made it easier for him to be in public.

Last week, a veterinarian diagnosed 10-year-old Cena with bone cancer and gave him weeks to live. DeYoung set out to create lasting memories with his beloved pooch, which included taking a ride in a Jeep with the top off. DeYoung’s wish came true on Wednesday, as he and Cena piled into a decorated Jeep named “Cancer Response Team” for one last ride together.

Cena wore his decorated Marine vest as DeYoung carried him in front of hundreds to a museum ship in Muskegon, where he was euthanized. He was carried off in a flag-draped coffin.

“We walked in front of the group that we served with and everything that they faced, we faced first,” DeYoung previously told Fox 17 of his service with Cena. “Overseas it was me and him against the world.”

A GoFundMe page was started to help DeYoung cover the cost of a headstone.

Internet Obsessed with Man’s Evolving Face Tattoo Mugshots

Drugs!

Chron

The evolving mugshots of a man with elaborate face tattoos have become an internet obsession this week after his most recent arrest.

Originally from North Carolina Robert Hardister, 25, has an array of mugshots, starting in 2009, that show the evolution of tattoos on his face.

When he was arrested eight years ago he had floppy, shaggy hair and no visible tattoos on his face.

Hardister is currently in St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office in Florida being held without bond on a parole violation from North Carolina. Hardister was arrested in St. Augustine Beach after police say he was found in a stolen car.

You look and you wonder how Hardister could have made such bad choices in life.

See 17 mugshots of Hardister by clicking on the link to Chron.com.

Black Cop Who Dumped His Emaciated Dog in Trash Arrested

THE RECOVERING PIT BULL HAS BEEN NAMED CRANBERRY.

Blacks seem to commit animal abuse at a much higher rate than the general population. It’s another form of cultural enrichment that diversity brings to your town and mine.

Inside Edition

A police officer who allegedly dumped his emaciated dog in a trash bag in a Philadelphia park has been arrested.

Michael Long, an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, is accused of leaving the pit bull for dead in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park last November. Long, 33, surrendered to police on Thursday.

A dog walker alerted the SPCA after seeing the pup’s nose sticking out from a trash bag. Photos taken shortly after she was found show her cowering on the ground, with her rib bones visible through her fur.

The SPCA took in the 3-year-old dog, who has been renamed Cranberry.

They learned she had a microchip, which they say led them to Long.

Following months of treatment, Cranberry was adopted, the SPCA told InsideEdition.com.

“Cranberry is doing wonderfully now,” spokesperson Gillian Kocher said. “She is in her new forever home, has recovered completely physically and has the same sweet and loving personality that she has always had.”

She was adopted by a man who followed her story on the news, Kocher said.

“He was so touched by her story that he came in to make a donation and met her,” she said. “He returned twice while she was recovering, and when she was ready to go home, he made it official.”

Following the investigation by the SPCA, Long surrendered himself to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit on Thursday.

He is charged with two misdemeanors for animal cruelty, one misdemeanor for possession of an instrument of crime, and a summary charge of animal cruelty, police said.

“He has not acknowledged any wrong doing in this case as of this time,” Kocher said.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has suspended Long for 30 days with the intent to dismiss at the end of the 30 days, police said in a statement. He was assigned to the 18th District.

This story was posted on the web about a month ago. Long should be gone soon.

Paladin Pays Tribute to a Friend Who Died Monday

NOT KELSEY, BUT LOOKS LIKE HIM.

Dog Lady’s menagerie is down by two, after her “roof cat” and one of her rescue dogs died on Monday.

Two or three years ago, Dog Lady took in an old, battered and scarred pit bull. She named him Kelsey.

We don’t know anything about his history other than that he was homeless when she took him in. Some of her rescues can be adopted out, but as old, toothless, and scarred as Kelsey was, there was no chance of that. The thought ran through my mind that the local Mexicans had him and used him for pit bull fighting in his youth. There’s a lot of that and cock fighting among the Mexican population.

He was also bowlegged, perhaps indicating that as a pup he was starved. Kelse was a nice fellow, but he didn’t react well if there were other dogs around his food.

I could see him going downhill the last month, as he was less interested in the treats I brought. He would still take bites of hot dog though. But he struggled the last few weeks to get up from the ground and amble over to the fence where he was penned up. I would push bites of food through the fence mesh to him. Even when he didn’t want any food, he would still come greet me at the fence. He enjoyed my company and I enjoyed greeting him.

I will miss my canine friend.

Dog Lady also lost her orange cat that stayed on the roof of her house because he was afraid of the dogs. He may have been poisoned by the people at the thrift shop next door. He had wandered around on their turf for years because of his fear of dogs and everybody there loved him. Then new, anti-cat management took over. Dog Lady had a big blowout with them when they threatened to have animal control confiscate him.

Dogs and cats enrich our lives more than most things. Kelsey and Nino will be mourned and missed.

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Heartbreaking! Girlfriend of Slain White Cop Believes He was Going to Propose

RACHEL HARROD AND NICK SMARR.

Nick Smarr, pictured, and his friend and partner Jody Smith, were both gunned down by an angry, out-of-control Negro on Friday.

Yahoo

The heartbroken girlfriend of a slain cop, who was killed along with another officer in a Georgia shootout, reveals that her boyfriend was possibly going to propose, according to reports.

Officers Nick Smarr, 25, and Jody, 26, who had been friends since childhood, were both shot and killed by 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick on Wednesday morning when they responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Smarr’s long-time girlfriend, Rachel Harrod, 21, told AJC.com that the two had planned to make a trip to Disney World on Sunday where she thought she would have the moment of her dreams.

“I had a feeling about it,” she told the paper. “I’d always dreamed of getting a ring at Disney World.”

Sadly, she won’t be able to have her moment.

“We didn’t quite make it,” she said.

Earlier this year, Harrod’s younger brother was killed in an auto accident, according to reports, and Smarr helped her in those hard times.

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‘I never met anyone who loved so much,’ she said, ‘and loved so hard,’ Harrod told AJC.

Smarr died at the scene while fellow officer and best friend Jody Smith was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition and later died.

Smarr’s funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Georgia Southwestern State University Storm Dome.

Cop killer Lembrick later killed himself.

Feds Murder Beautiful Coyote Family Living Near La Guardia in NYC

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H/T to commenter D who created the images for this post.

New York City has room for almost one million foreign born on welfare but no room for 10 harmless coyotes. The government lied when it said that it would be impossible to rehome the critters.

New York Daily News

A family of coyotes living near LaGuardia Airport were captured and euthanized, officials said Tuesday.

Workers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture had been staking out the critters for several days in the area around the airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the coyotes posed a hazard to their workers and local residents.

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“Last night, five coyotes were located and euthanized to help keep airport travelers, workers and nearby residents safe after the coyotes became acclimated to humans, increasing the possibility of an attack,” the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. “The actions were in accordance with the law for handling such situations.”

The news was heartbreaking for Frank Vincenti of the Wild Dog Foundation, who had been tracking the family since they first appeared this summer.

At one point he counted as many as eight pups and three adults.

“I heard the father howling and barking last night,” said Vincenti. “I saw one pup running through the Rikers Island parking lot (on Hazen Street) with his tail between his legs.”

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Vincenti had been trying to humanely discourage the coyotes from coming near people. But workers at the parking lot and nearby cemeteries had been feeding the naturally shy animals.

“I thought I could make a difference,” he said.

The appearance of the coyotes had sharply divided many people in the animal rescue community.

Rescuers tending to a feral cat colony at the nearby Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant in Astoria were recently barred from bringing food because officials thought it would attract the coyotes. They claimed the cats were starving.

But others, who said the cats appeared to be able to come and go from the plant property, said the coyotes should have been left alone or humanely trapped and moved to a sanctuary.

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Last week, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff offered to fund the relocation of the coyotes but the state Department of Environmental Conservation said the animals could not be trapped and released.

“When animals like coyotes become habituated to humans, relocation is not feasible as the animals will continue to cause problems once relocated,” the DEC said in a statement.

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The debate over coyotes comes as they have been spotted more frequently around the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. While the city recently launched a new public awareness campaign urging New Yorkers to learn to live with urban wildlife and keep their distance — there is no current policy for dealing with coyotes.

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D’s website is in the blogroll as Vegetarian Gammy. Her Twitter is here.

K9 Officer Lina Dead After Being Left in Hot Car in Arkansas

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Criminal charges must be brought against the handler in this case. Otherwise, the negligent homicide of police dogs by human police officers will continue.

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MADISON COUNTY (KFSM) – A K-9 officer with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office is dead after being left unattended in a hot car, according to Sheriff Phillip Morgan.

The K-9’s name is Lina and she was about three years old, Morgan said.

Lina was acquired from donations from businesses and citizens of the county, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office website.

She came from K-9 Working Dogs International, LLC and is a Belgian Malinos. Lina was trained to track and detect narcotics.

Lina died Friday (Sept. 9), according to Sheriff Morgan.

The website states a Deputy Cornelison was trained to handle Lina. It has not been said who left Lina inside the hot car.

The incident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to the arrest of the negligent officer, new procedures to protect the lives of brave K9 officers must be instituted. Car alarms, ventilation, whatever it takes to save canine lives must be purchased. How the hell can anybody forget a big dog in a car anyway!

The death toll this summer has been high. Even one is one too many.

Officer Lina deserves a full police funeral and proper burial, along with inclusion on the nationwide list of fallen officers.