An 11-year-old dog whose death in California has made his owner’s son “worth a hell of a lot more than the money he made selling it” has become a kind of “piggy-bank” to his family.
The dog, named Stu, was found dead at a trailer park in the city of Alameda County on Monday.
He was found by a neighbor who noticed a smell of rotten meat around his body.
The dog was buried under an outdoor pile.
Stu’s death has prompted an outpouring of support on social media, including an outpour of condolences from the man’s father, Brian Stu.
“I feel so blessed that my son was taken care of, I can’t express how much he meant to me and to my family,” Brian Sturp told ABC News.
“He was my little boy, I loved him, and I can never repay the kindness of strangers.”
Stu died of an apparent heart attack, according to the coroner’s office.
The coroner said he died from “a combination of factors including natural causes.”
Brian Stu said the boy’s death “was like a slap in the face to everybody who knew him.”
“I didn’t expect him to be able to do this and he did,” he said.
Stuart Stu added that “there’s been no outpouring yet” of love or sympathy from the community.
The death has left Stu’s father and mother deeply affected.
Stubbs said that while he doesn’t know exactly how his son died, “his death has given me the greatest amount of grief that I have ever experienced in my life.
I can only imagine the amount of pain, suffering and pain he went through.”
Stuart said he hopes the community will continue to give him support, including a scholarship to help with his child’s funeral costs.
Sturp said the dog had been missing since the summer.
Stu was with his grandparents at a nearby trailer park, but was not at home at the time of his death.
He said his grandfather did not want to put him down.
“We’re not in a position to be giving up,” he told ABC affiliate KPIX.
“It’s the kind of thing that you want to do to get the best outcome.
It’s something we want to be doing.”