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Ohio shelter dog with congestive heart failure, bucket list died 'surrounded by love'

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 22:25:57-04

MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio — An Ohio dog with a fatal disease and a bucket list of final wishes died on Sunday morning.

On Friday, Animal Charity Humane Society of Mahoning posted the story of a dog named Marnie that was found left outside in below freezing weather along with two other dogs. After examining Marnie, it was discovered that she was highly heartworm positive with complications.

Marnie’s advanced heartworm disease caused her to develop cognitive heart failure.

After deliberating the options, Animal Charity Humane Society decided that the most humane thing to do was to “celebrate her life and let her reach the rainbow bridge happy, loved and in peace.”

The organization created a bucket list for Marnie that she quickly began crossing off.

Marnie was able to get Handel’s ice cream, get her photo with the Easter Bunny, ride in a police car, visit the lake along with other items on her bucket list.

The organization had a birthday party planned for Marnie on April 14 where guests could bring donations for other shelter dogs. Unfortunately, Marnie died before she could have her party.

Animal Charity Humane Society said that Marnie took a turn for the worse on Saturday afternoon. The organization said that Marnie passed surrounded by staff members, all the toys she could carry to her bed, surrounded by love.

The organization reminded people that heartworm is a disease that is preventable when owners keep their pets on preventatives year-round.