Military Bomb-Sniffing Dog Given Emotional Farewell Before Being Put to Sleep
Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung and bomb-sniffing dog Cena have been inseparable ever since they were paired together in 2009 and 2010 in Afghanistan.
De Young said that he protected Cena as best as he could while being attacked by the Taliban while the loyal dog comforted him immensely after losing seven of his friends in a span of three weeks.
When they both retired from the army, DeYoung adopted Cena and the black Labrador helped him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Unfortunately, after spending many years together, Cena was diagnosed with bone cancer so DeYoung had no choice but to put him to sleep.
Before the emotional moment, De Young arranged for a hero’s farewell for his beloved four-legged partner.
As can be seen on the video hundreds of people attended the send-off, many of them petting Cena who had a sad look on his eyes. DeYoung had a topless Jeep, which he decorated with the words “Cancer Response Team,” in honor of the faithful dog.
As part of the ceremony, DeYoung gave Cena one last ride in the Jeep.
“It started off with my basically wanting to go to a dealership and wanting to borrow a Jeep for a day… to [do] a community tribute or a community parade for him and he’s truly deserved it all,” DeYoung told the Associated Press. “The support, all the love people are giving him, he can see it and he can feel it,” he added.
DeYoung carried the dog during the procession and immediately after the ceremony, the faithful dog was put to rest. DeYoung carried the casket draped with an American flag.
“My whole adult life I’ve had Cena,” DeYoung said. “When I was 19 overseas learning how to be responsible, I had Cena. And now I’m 27 and I’m having to say goodbye to one of the biggest pieces of my life,” he added.
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