UPDATE: Louisiana Tech’s Mascot has died

On Wednesday, August 1, DogTime reported on the disappearance of Tech XX, the Bulldog mascot for Louisiana Tech University.

We have learned that the English Bulldog has died of heat stroke.

Approximately two hours ago, the following statement was issued by Dr. Patrick Sexton on the university’s Facebook page:

Regretfully, I learned this morning that through negligence of an employee, Tech XX was left outside too long on Sunday evening and passed away from a heat stroke. That employee unfortunately chose to handle it the wrong way and attempted to cover it up. Due to this negligence, the employee is no longer employed by Sexton Animal Health Center.

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.

Patrick R. Sexton, DVM

The following statement was issued from Louisiana Tech University:

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.

According to the DogTime.com Dog Breed Center, the Bulldog is a dog breed that cannot tolerate heat and humidity, and is susceptible to overheating; they are also sensitive to cold weather.