A woman who worked to rescue animals abandoned in New York City in the weeks following the September 11 attacks lost her battle with cancer this month. She had worked for the ASPCA as a humane law enforcement officer and special investigator for nearly 20 years, investigating reports of abuse and rescuing sick animals. However, in the weeks following 9/11, she spent her time around Ground Zero rescuing animals left in apartments that their owners weren't able to get to because the areas were restricted or evacuated.
That responsibility took its toll on the officer's health. In 2014, she learned that she had breast cancer. It spread to her brain. The cancer was caused by the toxic fumes that she inhaled during her rescue efforts around Ground Zero.