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PETA asks UGA to drop mascot
Group says schools use of live dog causes health issues
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Uga VII - photo by Photo courtesy of UGA

ATHENS — An animal rights organization says the use of a live bulldog mascot contributes to the breed’s health problems and wants the University of Georgia to consider an alternative.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggests Georgia could use a robot dog or a costumed mascot instead of the white English bulldogs that have represented the school at football games since 1956.

Last week, bulldog mascot Uga VII died at the age of 4, apparently of a heart ailment.

Desiree Acholla of PETA says bulldogs are prone to heart problems and other medical issues because of inbreeding.

Acholla made the comments in a letter to university Athletic Director Damon Evans. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that an assistant to Evans replied that the letter makes good points that deserve consideration, but promised no specific action.

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