A terminally ill rescue dog became a police K-9 for a day
(CNN)Police in Pasco, Washington, turned a rescue pup with an inoperable tumor into a dashing police K-9.
The dog, Eddie, was abandoned and spent almost a month wandering in nearby Benton City before he was rescued.
Carin Brown, the Benton County animal control officer who caught Eddie, told CNN sister network HLN they had initially received a call about him in October 2019, but they were unable to capture the pooch. They finally caught him in late November.
“We thought he had been hit by a car,” she said Wednesday. “We rushed him to the vet and we discovered that he, unfortunately, had cancer.”
Authorities then reached out to their rescue partners, Mikey’s Chance canine rescue, and Brown’s friend, Kristi Kesler, agreed to become Eddie’s foster mom for life.
The inoperable tumor caused Eddie to be blind in one eye, and he was given six to 12 months to live.
“He’s just the best dog, so friendly, so well-behaved, he knows all of his commands, he’s just the sweetest thing,” Brown said. “He deserves six months to a year of all the love and happiness that we can give him.”
Kesler created a bucket list, which included becoming a police K-9, to make sure the dog she lovingly calls “Eddie Spaghetti” will have the most memorable final months as possible.
“I thought maybe he might get his picture taken with an officer in a car, I thought maybe if he were lucky, he might go for a car ride, but I never dreamed it would be this big for him,” Kesler told CNN affiliate KEPR.