Georgetown University has fired Jack Jr., the bulldog that they were training to become their next mascot, and no one knows why they did it!
Georgetown has given a vague and brief statement about the dismissal, but they do NOT delve into a lot of details:
"After 15 months of monitoring and training, in consultation with these experts and the breeder, we determined that returning to a home environment is what is best for J.J."
We're hearing that some members of the university are positively shocked by the news!
Here's what the head walker of the fired trainee said:
"If a student were to have been consulted, it would have been me … If it’s specifically about J.J., I’m not sure why this is happening."
And here's what a university professor said:
"The university's decision is a surprise and disappointment to me. I genuinely believe that JJ would thrive as the next university mascot."
Sounds like a lot of people are super upset by this news!
We wonder who they're going to get to replace their current and aging bulldog mascot Jack.
They better hurry up and find a replacement because Jack's retiring next year!
UPDATE: J.J. the former bulldog mascot in training was reportedly fired because he bit a child last fall and the school is now embroiled in a lawsuit with the parents of this child.
Plus also the university said:
"Evaluation by university administrators, animal trainers, breeders and caretakers who have monitored J.J. since he arrived on campus in April 2012 also determined that the dog was better suited to a home environment than the role of mascot."
But truthfully speaking it was probably mostly due to the fact that J.J. bit the child. We hope the child is okay, and J.J. is okay, too!
Don't be sad little guy! These like this happen! Doesn't make you a bad doggy!
[Image via Georgetown.]
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