WTC SAR Dog Morgan Passes AwayAfter recently being diagnosed with a rare form of canine cancer, K9 Morgan passed away this morning.

A few weeks ago Morgan was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. Hemangiosarcoma is a rare, rapidly growing, highly invasive variety of cancer that is very common in German Shepherds.

Earlier this morning, Morgan started to have serious complications and began to bleed out and the decision was made to not let her suffer any more.

Morgan was born on June 16, 1999 and was one of the two original canines on the K9 Task Force. She had extensive training in cadaver location (her specialty), scenting and trailing of persons, collapsed building searches, rappelling, as well as water scenting (from aboard a boat or on shore). During her active time on the team she found many lost and missing persons, assisted local law enforcement in helping track down felons and locating the remains of the deceased.

During her team’s mission at the World Trade Center, Morgan and Chief John Frank took a terrible fall together. John fell about 10 feet breaking his arm and Morgan fell nearly 30 feet and was knocked unconscious. With help from the Suffolk County SPCA, Morgan was awakened and was ready to go back to work 6 hours later.

When the team re-visited the WTC site in Sept 2002, Morgan began to have trouble walking. After some tests and talking with the team’s vet, it was determined that Morgan was starting to have some serious hip trouble from the previous year’s fall.

On October 4, 2002, Morgan was officially retired…but not for long.

In September 2005, Morgan, John and Jason came out of retirement for a few weeks of work to assist New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Since 2002 Morgan has lived the relaxed life in the care of Dee, her favorite vet assistant. Dee has been taking care of Morgan since she was a puppy.

Morgan took full advantage of her retired life, spending her days chasing toys and taking up space on the couch and every now and then taking Dee on an adventure through the woods during their daily walks.

Rest in peace dear Morgan. You deserve it.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files