Found August 01, 2012 on Busted Coverage:

There has been a tragic end to the story of the missing Louisiana Tech American Bulldog mascot, Tech XX. The university has released a statement on the death of the mascot. It’s been revealed that an animal hospital employee has been fired in the negligent death of the dog due to heat stroke.

It was announced earlier in the week that the dog was missing. Now the school says it was just a death coverup.

According to the official Facebook statement:

Early Wednesday afternoon, Louisiana Tech University learned of the passing of Tech XX through the following communication from Dr. Patrick Sexton.

Regretfully, I learned this morning that through negligence of an employee, Tech XX was left outside too long on Sunday evening and passed away from a heat stroke. That employee unfortunately chose to handle it the wrong

way and attempted to cover it up. Due to this negligence, the employee is no longer employed by Sexton Animal Health Center.

My family, my staff and I are extremely upset at this tragic turn of events as I know the entire Louisiana Tech Family is as well. Tech XX was a member of our immediate family and a daily part of our lives for the past four years. We are devastated over the circumstances of his passing and there will be a large void in our hearts for some time to come. As with any family member, we will spend considerable time grieving his passing.

Patrick R. Sexton, DVM

Statement from Louisiana Tech University:

“Louisiana Tech University was saddened to learn of Tech XX’s passing this past Sunday evening. He will be remembered for being a fan favorite and a symbol of the spirit of Louisiana Tech.

Since becoming our official mascot in 2008, Tech XX received superior care and a loving home from Dr. Patrick Sexton and, despite the unfortunate circumstances of the past few days, we are grateful for all he and his family have done for our beloved mascot.

Tech XX was a cherished member of the Louisiana Tech Family and, together, we will all grieve his passing.”

Of course, being dog lovers, this is news that makes us sick. American Bulldogs are already at a disadvantage due to breathing difficulties. Tech XX didn’t stand a chance. Also, to those of you who think the Georgia Bulldog mascot should do more photos, read this NY Times Magazine report from 2011. It’s enlightening.

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