N.C. State’s canine mascot dies
RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - N.C. State’s canine mascot, Tuffy II, has passed away. The Raleigh News & Observer reported that the wolf-looking, Tamaskan breed of dog died on Tuesday.
During Saturday’s in the fall, Tuffy II had roamed the sidelines of Carter-Finley Stadium as 60,000 Wolfpack fans cheered on the school’s football team.
Owner Joe Downey had recently posted a GoFundMe link after Tuffy II was diagnosed with a form of heart disease.
The university’s athletics department Tweeted that Tuffy II had passed away in his sleep overnight. The school had brought back a live mascot in 2010. That was the first time since 1970 that N.C. State had a live mascot on the sidelines.
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