Meningitis victim's family seeks home for her dog

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — 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.

Burema died Oct. 19 at a relative's Bristol, Ind., home.

Carol Snyder tells The Elkhart Truth ( ) 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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