July 28, 2014

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Herbie, the abused pitbull mix, dies of cancer

Herbie, the pitbull mix who was found very badly emaciated and barely alive Dec. 1 on a Lorain tree lawn, has died.

Lorain Police Officer Richard Broz, who kept Herbie at his home on the weekends, posted a message on the “Justice for Herbie, the Abused Lorain, Ohio dog” Facebook page, telling the more than 15,000 followers that “Herbie has gone to the bridge.”

Herbie died Friday in the arms of his friend, Broz, at the Lorain Animal Clinic.

“He fought hard to recover from his abuse, but the cancer was too much for him to bear,” Broz wrote.

Broz said Herbie had stopped eating and was losing weight and muscle.

When Herbie was found on the tree lawn, he weighed about 25 pounds — a third of what should have been his normal weight of about 75 pounds. After being nursed back to health, Herbie weighed nearly 60 pounds.

“These last two weeks with him were very hard on me, watching this magnificent animal begin to waste away from the dog he had become under Dr. (Thomas) Wood’s care and my love,” Broz wrote. “I did not wish to see him start to suffer.”

Herbie, who was named at the Lorain Animal Clinic, became well-known all over the United States.

The Humane Society of the United States, along with private donors, offered rewards totally $11,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who abused Herbie.

The news of Herbie’s death saddened many of his Facebook followers.

By Friday night, more than 1,000 people responded to Broz’s post about Herbie dying.

“I know that if he could talk, he would tell all of you how much he loved each and every one of you and you were the reason he was able to fight for so long,” Broz wrote before telling the world he was signing off of Facebook to mourn his friend.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.