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N.C. State’s canine mascot dies

N.C. State's canine mascot, Tuffy II, passes away
N.C. State's canine mascot, Tuffy II, passes away(NC State University)
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 5:33 PM EDT
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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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