Hundreds of people showed up in Muskegon, Michigan to pay their respects to Cena, a black lab who served 3 tours in Afghanistan as a bomb-sniffing K-9 with the Marines, and was recently diagnosed with terminal bone cancer.
Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung served with Cena in Afghanistan, and was reunited with him after Cena retired from duty in 2014. They have lived together since. When he learned his dog had been stricken with terminal bone cancer, DeYoung wanted to give Cena a final farewell worthy of a Marine.
He rode with his beloved dog in a slow procession as onlookers and veterans paid their final respects. After the final ride, DeYoung carried Cena aboard a museum war ship, where a vet was waiting to euthanize him. Cena was then placed in a coffin, draped in an American flag.
This one hurts. You will cry. Just warning you. Godspeed, Cena. Good boy.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 28, 2017