FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A puppy that came to Colorado with the hopes that doctors at Colorado State University would be able to repair his heart and save his life has died.
Logan, a weeks-old German Shepherd, died Wednesday after undergoing heart surgery at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins.
Doctors Chris Orton and Brian Scansen said their team was able to repair three of Logan’s heart defects but they ultimately were unable to take him off the machine that took over his heart and lung function during the surgery. He died during a final attempt to remove him from the machine.
Logan first came to Colorado from Washington in January when Scansen said he thought he would be able to save the puppy’s life. A first attempt at heart surgery proved unsuccessful but those caring for Logan vowed to try again.
Rescued Hearts Northwest, an animal rescue organization that arranged to have Logan flown to Colorado, posted the news of Logan’s death on Facebook, saying the puppy “lived the best life he could have asked for during his time here with us.”