Kentucky nurse cares for terminally ill patient’s dog

Kentucky nurse takes care of terminally ill patient’s dog

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky nurse is taking care of a terminally ill patient’s dog after the man said he had no other family to care for it.

Penny Manning, a nurse at Norton Audubon Hospital, was at first reluctant to take on Duke, a 12-year-old deaf and partially blind pug, WAVE reported.

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She and other nurses called different rescue and foster groups but were unsuccessful at finding a place for Duke, WHAS reported. He had been alone for two days and there was no other option. Manning said she would care for him.

“You could see the relief on (the patient’s) face,” Manning told WAVE. “He was just worried whoever took the dog would want to keep the dog.”

Manning, who has spent the last three years rescuing animals, has two of her own dogs and has no interest in keeping Duke, unless need be, WHAS reported.

She said Duke has been fitting in at home with her cats and dogs for the last month. She sends Duke’s owner pictures and videos and hopes to reunite them soon.

“I knew it was the right thing to do, to take the stress off of (him) and allow (him) to recover," Manning told WHAS.

Penny Manning is taking care of a terminally ill patient’s dog, Duke, after the man said he had no other family to care for it.
Penny Manning is taking care of a terminally ill patient’s dog, Duke, after the man said he had no other family to care for it. (Norton Audubon Hospital/Norton Audubon Hospital)