Heart-Breaking News! Beloved Airport Wildlife Control Canine, Piper, Succumbs To Cancer


It is with heavy hearts that WAN shares the sad news that K-9 Piper, the revered wildlife control canine who worked at Cherry Capital Airport in northern Michigan and captured the hearts of millions worldwide on social media, has died following a battle with cancer.

Brian Edwards, Piper’s distraught handler, announced the news yesterday on Instagram and Facebook.

“It is with the ultimate sadness I must report the passing of my best friend and love of my life. Piper passed away tonight peacefully in my arms after fighting a year-long battle with prostate cancer. He fought valiantly, and we did everything we could, but sometimes life just has to take its course.”

Edwards explained that the energetic border collie that helped keep the airport free of birds and other animals to ensure the safety of aircraft, “enjoyed a pain-free day, filled with love from family and friends, mostly his fellow airport employees. He played soccer, got some much-deserved butt scratches and yes, he chased away one last snowy owl as he sailed into the night.”

“As a final act of true class, the flag you see here flew today at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and was taken down, folded and presented to us as a token of their love,” Edwards stated before requesting patience as he takes time to tend to his “shattered” heart.

Legions of fans followed Piper’s exploits on the @airportk9 accounts on Instagram and Facebook. At the time of his death, Piper had more than 90,000 followers on Instagram.

WAN sends our love and prayers to Edwards at this time of tremendous loss. May Piper live on forever in his, and everyone’s hearts and memories.

R.I.P. Sweet Piper!

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