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Woman dying from cancer hopes to find home for dogs

Sharon Black with one of her dogs Sharon Black with one of her dogs

By Keoki Kerr – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman who's spent more than two decades helping the less fortunate is now in need of help herself.

Former police outreach worker Sharon Black, who's dying of cancer, is looking for a home for her three great danes, all of which are certified therapy dogs.

For more than twenty years, Black organized the Kau Kau wagon, an effort to feed the homeless and mentally ill downtown. She's been passionate about helping those in need.

"This is about hope. Nourishing not just the body but the mind," said Black back in 2005. 

But now, at age 52, she is suffering from lung cancer that has spread to her brain, liver and bones. She may only have weeks to live, so she is looking for help, not for herself, but for her three great danes, including 9-year-old Mokka (pronounced Mocha), a girl.

Mokka along with male dogs Polo, 8, and Rambo, 4 are experienced therapy dogs who are very friendly with strangers. For years, Black has taken them to hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities to bring cheer to patients and employees.

"They've just been so good to thousands of people, seriously. Doctors, nurses, patients," said Black.

The dogs even have their own security ID passes to get them into Tripler Army Medical Center.

"I would love for them to be together, in a good home," she said.

She hopes she can find a family that will adopt all three big, gentle, loving dogs. 

"They deserve it because they work so hard and they love so many. I'd like them to get that love right back."

To make matters worse, Black is also facing foreclosure on her Aiea townhouse, right across from Pearlridge Center. But for now, she just hopes her beloved dogs will find a new loving home.

If you're interested in adopting Black's dogs, you contact her friend Susan Siu for more information at 808-239-7807. You can reach Siu by email at ssiu003@hawaii.rr.com.

In 2001, the Honolulu City Council approved paying her $612,000 to settle a 1997 sexual harassment lawsuit against the Honolulu Police Department.  Black claimed she was sexually harassed for years by former Assistant Chief Joseph Aveiro Jr. and that other high ranking police brass failed to discipline him. She said Aveiro demanded sex in exchange for renewing her contract as HPD's outreach worker who worked with the homeless population.

In 2006, Black was indicted by an Oahu grand jury for unauthorized computer access, fourth-degree theft and tampering with a government record, charges she said were in retaliation for her police lawsuit.  The criminal case stemmed from research she was conducting into suicides at the city Medical Examiner's office, Black said.

A judge later declared a mistrial and dismissed the case after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

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