Dog battling cancer becomes Athens mayor for a day

Dog battling cancer becomes Athens mayor for a day
Cocoa and Dodger met Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks and pretended to have his job. (Source: City of Athens)

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - A dog fighting his second battle with cancer pretended to be mayor at Athens City Hall.

Karen and John Griffith, who live in East Limestone, saw Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks at a recent event and asked if they could bring their two dogs to City Hall to meet him because the trip was on the dogs' bucket list. On Friday, Dodger and Cocoa toured City Hall, had their picture made with Marks, and pretended to be mayors for the day.

Karen Griffith said Dodger currently has cancer and diabetes, and treatment is no longer an option. Cocoa also has health issues.

The couple recently took the dogs to the beach as part of their bucket list. The next item on the list is getting ice cream at Kreme Delite in downtown Athens.

The dogs visited several employees and enjoyed the attention they received during their City Hall visit.

"These are the fun days at City Hall, when we can share in the joy of children and pets being excited about visiting us," Marks said.

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