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posted: 11/7/2012 5:42 AM

Meningitis victim's family seeks home for her dog

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  • This photo provided by Carol Snyder shows Pauline Burema holding her dog, Lucky. Burema was the first person to die in Indiana from fungal meningitis. Lucky was Burema's long-time companion. Lucky is a male and is estimated at 8-10 years old with a life expectancy of 8-10 more years. The family provided the photograph in hopes of finding Lucky a new home.

      This photo provided by Carol Snyder shows Pauline Burema holding her dog, Lucky. Burema was the first person to die in Indiana from fungal meningitis. Lucky was Burema's long-time companion. Lucky is a male and is estimated at 8-10 years old with a life expectancy of 8-10 more years. The family provided the photograph in hopes of finding Lucky a new home.
    Elkhart Tribune

 
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ELKHART, Ind. -- Relatives of an 89-year-old woman who was the first person to die in Indiana from a multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak are looking for a new home for her dog.

The poodle mix named Lucky lived with Pauline Burema at her Cassopolis, Mich., home until she was hospitalized with meningitis after getting a tainted back pain injection.

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Burema died Oct. 10 at a relative's Bristol, Ind., home.

Carol Snyder tells The Elkhart Truth (http://bit.ly/SR0vtP ) her mother had a special companionship with Lucky. The dog became Burema's faithful companion after her husband died in August 2010, but now he needs a new home and new companions.

Lucky has been staying with Burema's grandson at his home near Union, Mich., but Snyder says the family can no longer care for him.

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