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