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Search & Rescue Dog Dies of Cancer

Veterinarians found that Recon, a yellow lab and a veteran of many major disasters, was quite ill shortly after appeal to public was made to help with fundraising.

Recon, a former search & rescue dog for which a public fundraising effort had been launched last week, has died, according to the Marine Humane Society.

Recon, a yellow lab, was under observation at Bel Marin Animal Hospital in Novato and suffered from a fever and no appetite. His condition was described as serious before veterinarians discovered cancer, Marin Humane Society spokeswoman Carrie Harrington said. He died Friday.

Recon was a lifelong work parnter of Marin County Fire Captain Jim Boggeri, who  completed his training with Recon in 2001. They became one of the most elite search duos in the country and worked at disasters ranging from Hurricane Katrina to major mudslides.

See last week's Local Voices story for more about Recon. The also had a follow-up story about Recon's passing.

Debbie Hanks January 16, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Dogs are an excellent role model for living, as they give unconditionally. Thank you for your invaluable service Recon. Rest in peace.
Kandi Blomquist January 16, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Good Boy Recon... God speed to the rainbow bridge.....
Tina McMillan January 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Having a canine partner pass away is a terrible loss. Our condolences to Fire Captain Jim Boggeri. The McMillans
Karen Gelsman January 17, 2012 at 04:53 AM
So sorry for your loss!

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