Early Friday morning, police found a dog who had been missing since he bolted from the Salem, Ore., veterinary clinic where he had recently undergone surgery, reported KATU News.
According to the Statesman Journal, the one-year-old Newfoundland mix, named "Bo," had been struck by a car, but according to his veterinarian, it was not the impact which took his life - Bo died from an infection.
The death of Bo has devastated many people - from his heartbroken family, to the staff at the Capitol Veterinary Clinic where he had surgery on Sept. 26 to remove several feet of his intestines.
A large-scale search had been underway for Bo ever since he slipped from his collar while outside for a potty break just two days after his surgery.
Shortly after Bo's death, KATU received a handwritten note from Bo's veterinarian, who expressed his sadness over the devastating outcome:
"It was with deep sorrow that I learned this morning of Bo's death and I send my sympathy to his family and friends."
"I was responsible for Bo's care and I am responsible for his loss. It is difficult to think of what this dog went through, and to know it was because of our failure. I am sorry Bo."
"It has been a difficult week for everyone involved and I apologize."
"Thank you to everyone who helped us search for Bo. I am grateful for your time, your effort, your kindness and your support."
Bo's grieving family is heartbroken over the loss of their companion, but they are not lashing out at the veterinary staff. Bo's guardian, Elizabeth Rose, stated that her family would not be seeking any legal action, and she expressed gratitude to everyone who helped in the search for their dog.
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