A Man Dying Of Cancer Says Farewell To His Faithful Dog

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PUBLISHED: 04:15, 23 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:24, 23 December 2013

Farewell old friend: The touching moment man, 21, who is dying of cancer was allowed to say last goodbye to his beloved childhood dog.

A tear-jerking photograph showing the moment a man dying of cancer said goodbye to his beloved childhood dog has touched hearts across the nation.

Mike Petrosino, 21, was diagnosed with cancer in the eighth grade. He has been in and out of Massachusetts General Hospital since then but last week doctors said there was nothing more they could do.

So on Friday, his family brought his dear dog Rusty to the hospital to say a final goodbye. The emotional image of the pet by his bedside was shared on Reddit and has since gone viral.

Moving: A tear-jerking photograph showing the moment Mike Petrosino, 21, said goodbye to his beloved childhood dog has touched hearts across the nation

Mike’s friend posted the picture Friday with the comment: ‘My friend Mike was diagnosed with cancer in the 8th grade. He was given a 3% chance to survive the first year.

‘Two days ago we found out that after 8 years, the amputation of his leg, and four rounds of cancer that there’s now nothing that they can do. This picture was taken by his brother yesterday.’

Doctors expect Mike’s battle with cancer to end in the coming days.

The friend, who uses the Reddit name 7th Evan, added in the comment thread: ‘I just got back from Mass General and got to say goodbye with a bunch of old friends. He’s the bravest guy I’ve ever met and all he did the entire day was make sure everyone else was okay.’

He added: ‘Seeing Rusty come visit was one of the few things that has been able to make his brother, John, smile.’

Long battle: Petrosino, pictured, was diagnosed with cancer in the eighth grade. He has been in and out of Massachusetts General Hospital since then but last week doctors said there was nothing more they could do

John Petrosino told TheBlaze the moment was deeply moving, and Rusty, who is now 10 years old, seemed to understand the gravity of what was going on.

‘That was by far one of the most touching moments of my life,’ he told the website.

‘Rusty was very emotional when Mike said his finale goodbye. Every time I come home these past two days, he sits near Mike’s favourite couch and whines, which is rare from him.’

Mike’s mother, Paula, agreed seeing the best friends say goodbye was almost too much to handle.

Aware: John Petrosino, pictured right with Mike and other family members, said Rusty, who is now 10 years old, seemed to understand the gravity of what was going on

‘It was a very touching moment,’ she told TheBlaze. ‘Mike and Rusty grew up together and are very close.’

The family who has had eight years of medical bills has set up an online website where individuals can donate to help with the cost of his treatment.

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Beloved Police Dog Fighting Cancer

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“For a dog that has given his all & served the force, his entire life, I think it’s disgraceful that the police department don’t cover all his cost’s. They wouldn’t have found so many drugs if it wasn’t for Enno! I think he has earned his stripes, the police force should stand beside one of their own & pay up…I bet the big wigs in the state department, are saying, ‘well it’s only a dog’…so he is, but he has never asked for anything apart from food & warmth…It’s not like he gets a monthly salary, but if he did, for all the years he has worked…it would be enough to cover all his cost’s….so stop being so dam stingy & pay up for whatever he needs!”

For seven years Sargent Jeff Salstrom and Enno have been partners on the Hoquiam Police force. Salstrom was devastated when he got the news that Enno had a life-threatening cancerous tumor.

Now Salstrom and the police department are trying to raise the funds necessary to help their fellow officer.

Jeff Salstrom dreamed of having a police dog since he was a little boy. Enno is the only police dog the Hoquiam Police force has and for seven years he has been riding with Salstrom in his squad car. Enno has been a part of 57 arrests and he has helped find hundreds of pounds of drugs. Now Enno needs help.

Enno has a life-threatening cancerous tumour growing behind his left eye. “It was devastating news to hear he had a tumour,” said Salstrom. The tumour has caused Enno to go blind in his one eye. His jaw has become too sore to clamp down hard like he is trained to do.

Enno has undergone radiation treatments to help reduce the size of his tumour  but the treatment is costly. The police department only has $3,000 set aside each year for Enno and already his medical bills have reached $5,000. So Salstrom and the rest of the police force have been fundraising with t-shirts, stickers and garage sales. They have even set up a Facebook page to help support Enno.

A Seattle bio-tech company has offered to fly Salstrom and Enno to San Diego and pay for an experimental treatment once Enno is able to complete his radiation treatment. The experimental treatment has been successful in other cases, but has never been tried on a tumor like Enno’s. Salstrom believes it is worth trying, “We are working to preserve his life.”

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Cat rips off its own ears to end agony of skin cancer after being abandoned by owner because of its illness

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  • Victoria the cat found roaming the streets of Gloucester with injuries
  • Worried vets were forced to remove the remainder of cat’s ears
  • The cat is now staying with employee from rescue centre, Wendy Hyde

A cat abandoned by its cruel owner because it had cancer was so ravaged by the illness it ripped off its own ears.

Convalescing: The earless feline is healing while staying with Wendy Hyde, one of the charity workers who helped rescue her

Victoria the cat was found wandering the streets half-starved with both ears barely attached to her head.

Animal welfare officers say the distressed feline was in ‘constant agony’ with skin cancer.

They believe the cruel owner had let the animal go untreated for months and then abandoned her to avoid expensive vets bills.

Her ears had begun to rot away and she was in so much pain from the disease she had begun ripping off what remained of them.

Victoria was found on a street in Gloucester and taken to the local New Start Cat Rescue Centre for an operation on her ears.

Carers say it will cost them thousands of pounds to rehabilitate her.

Sue Cowlishaw, a spokeswoman for the rescue centre, said: ‘She was in a very bad state so we rushed her to a vets as an emergency.

‘It became apparent that the cat’s ears had been ravished by skin cancer.

Due to non-treatment of this condition for months, this cat’s ear had rotted away.

‘The cat had been in so much discomfort it had resorted to ripping its own ear off to try and relieve itself of its constant agony, leaving it in such a state of self-disfigurement.

Victoria had her operation last Sunday, 20 minutes after the charity received a frantic call from a member of the public.

Louise Barrow, speaking on behalf of the rescue centre, said: ‘At first we thought she had been attacked by a dog but then we discovered she had cancer in the ears.

‘It looks like the owner has abandoned her. How could anyone do that?

‘We, more than anyone, know just how expensive vets bills are at the moment, but it is awful.

‘Victoria is on the road to recovery now but it is going to take a while because she is very depressed.

‘It is going to take a lot of cuddles and TLC to get her back to her usual self.’

Victoria is now staying with Wendy Hyde, who works with the charity.

She said: ‘We don’t yet know if all the cancer has been removed.

She’s out of pain but her life is still shaded. We’re hoping for the best.’

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Victoria the cat found roaming the streets of Gloucester with injuries. Victoria is being looked after by New Start Cat Rescue Sanctuary. They believe the cruel owner had let the animal go untreated for months and then abandoned her to avoid expensive vets bills.

Her ears had begun to rot away and she was in so much pain from the disease she had begun ripping off what remained of. The charity’s co-ordinator Wendy Hyde says that the animal must have been suffering a lot to have made it do that to herself.

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