On Tuesday night a dog owner found his Labrador mix dead in Central Park in New York.
Duke, a black Labrador–Great Dane mix, died after running off from his owner, David Burke in Central Park. Burke found the dog near the entrance of West 110th Street and Central Park West at around 10:50 p.m.
Burke said he unleashed Duke and lost sight of him immediately. When he saw Duke again, the dog was sliding down a grassy hill, convulsing. The dog had a deep gash on his head and a wound under his right eye.
“I don’t know what to say…I don’t know what happened,” he said on Wednesday.
It has been a very tough month for Burke. His wife Eileen died from cancer just last week.
“(Duke) was always beautiful,” Burke said. “He was a tremendous animal.”
On Wednesday, the police said the dog likely died from an enlarged heart.
Burke initially thought his beloved dog had been shot. After the incident, he initially called his vetand then reached out to 911 in a panic, thinking that Duke had been shot.
He said later he had not heard a gunshot. The police also have not found any evidence of shooting.
Rest in peace, Duke. Enjoy The Bridge.