Ex-Mississippi State mascot euthanized in Starkville

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Bully XIX, the bulldog who served as

Mississippi State University's mascot from 2001 to 2009, has been

euthanized because of declining health.

The MSU athletics website says the tan and white dog named

TaTonka Gold was born in 2000 and was the first official mascot

purchased and cared for by the university. The site says he was

humanely put to death Tuesday at the MSU College of Veterinary


In recent years, he had been diagnosed and treated for several

diseases, including osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

The former mascot was known by several names, including Bully,

Tonka and T-Money.

He was the father of MSU's current mascot, Bully XX, also known

as Champ.