How did Pudgy die? 'Owa Owa' TikTok dog killed in tragic incident, fans pay tribute

Pudgy's owner Malachy James announced the tragic news on his Instagram and newly launched YouTube channel


                            How did Pudgy die? 'Owa Owa' TikTok dog killed in tragic incident, fans pay tribute
Famous TikTok dog Pudgy, aka Pudgy Woke, has died (Instagram/ @pudgywoke)

Fans of the famous TikTok dog Pudgy aka Pudgy Woke were heartbroken on Friday, June 16, after learning that he had died following a canine attack.  Pudgy's owner Malachy James announced the tragic news on his Instagram and newly launched YouTube channel.

"Long live Pudgy Woke," James wrote as the caption to a picture of Pudgy sitting on a barstool. Pudgy the chihuahua had garnered over 12 million followers on TikTok, and 466,000 followers on Instagram. His last video has been watched more than 9 million times. The pet earned the nickname "Owa Owa dog" after becoming famous for making an "owa owa" sound. He was named after the dog from the Betty Boop movies, which James used to watch with his mother when he was a child. Pudgy escaped an abusive home and was found roaming in the streets before he was adopted.

Other famous dogs whose deaths made headlines this year are former President Barack Obama's dog Bo, President Joe Biden's dog Champ and Queen Elizabeth II's dog Fergus

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How did Pudgy die?



 

Explaining the untimely demise of the iconic dog, James posted a video on his YouTube channel titled "What happened to PudgyWoke. β€œI meet this guy who has his dog on a leash. He introduces me, and I introduced him to Pudgy. This guy wanted Pudgy to meet his dog. So I put Pudgy down, and I assumed they are about to just sniff each other. That’s what dogs usually do when they meet each other. This just wasn’t the case. This dog instantly attacked Pudgy, and I am fighting with this dog," he said. 

James then revealed that Pudgy was immediately rushed to the animal hospital where the doctor told him that the dog would need surgery. Although it was a costly affair, the bills rounding up to $12,000 to $15,000, James and his family decided to bear the medical cost. However, looking at the fact that the doctors were unsure whether they will be able to save the dog even if Pudgy went through the surgery, James had to make the tough decision of putting his dog down. The decision was made as the family did not want it to go through any more pain.

Tributes poured in for Pudgy



 

Tributes poured in for Pudgy as soon as people heard the news of his passing. "REST IN PEACE PUDGY THE OWA OWA DOG," one of them wrote, while another said, "Pudgy the owa owa dog passed away :( Rip little guy You brought so much joy to so many people! We all love you!" A third noted, "Just found out pudgy the owa owa dog died :( day ruined i am heartbroken." One more commented, "PUDGY THE DOG DIED :((( CAN I GET ONE LAST OWA OWA." The next quipped, "just found out Pudgy the Owa Owa dog is no longer with us. i am so upset." 

Another remarked, "Pudgy (owa owa dog) passed away life is meaningless and i am upset beyond explanation." One more noted, "Pudgy went to dog heaven." A commenter tweeted, "Found out pudgy the dog died and my days been ruined." A person reacted with, "Pudgy died. May God forgive the dog that attacked him cause I won't." Another said, "Pudgy the owa owa dog died. Nobody talk to me I'm in shambles."



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

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