According to vet Dr. Patrick Sexton, an employee of his clinic took the four-year-old bulldog outside for an evening potty break and left it out too long. The dog died of heat stroke.
A search had been under way for the presumed missing animal since Sunday evening.
Today, Sexton said he learned the truth.
“The employee chose to handle it (the death) the wrong way and attemted to cover it up,” an extremely agitated Sextons said, adding the employee has been fired.
“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,” the vet said.
According to the school, “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.”