Buboy, the stray dog that captured the hearts of many for being faithful to his master who passed away in May, has reunited with him in the afterlife after being run over by a vehicle on Wednesday morning.
Animal Kingdom Foundation, an animal welfare non-government organization in the Philippines, announced the death of the viral mongrel, dubbed by netizens as the Philippines’ Hachiko, through an official statement on Facebook.
“AKF mourns the tragic, untimely passing of the loyal Askal, Buboy. Initial reports say that the dog was ran over by a vehicle this morning. Volunteer caregivers, albeit a holiday, rushed over to the campus to check on Buboy and found him already lifeless,” they wrote.
“As per one of the teachers, Buboy followed the guard who just finished his shift. He reached the highway and that is where he was run over by a vehicle. Buboy doesn’t usually go that far,” they added.
In light of Buboy’s death, AFK wanted to remind the public of how his tragic story reflects how people tend to neglect stray animals.
They wrote, “This mind-numbing incident, a tragic end to Buboy's story, mirrors how we neglect the loyal and loving askals — exposing them to dangers even when we have the chance to take care of them. They deserve better — loving families and secured homes.
“When animal-loving people want to bring home a dog, we allow them. When abandoned dogs have that chance to be in a loving and secured home, we also have to give them that. They just simply deserve better.
“Run free Buboy. Gone too soon. Every animal-loving Filipino mourns today. We strongly urge all motorists to hit the #BrakeForAnimals.”
Meanwhile, many took to social media to lament the death of Buboy, who first tugged at the heartstrings of netizens after a Facebook post about him waiting at the door of a faculty room for his master, professor Carmelito Marcelo who died of heart attack, circulated online.
“Nakakalungkot ‘to. Gusto kong umiyak. This broke my heart so much. Ito yung sinasabi ko! Drive carefully not only for humans but for animals too! Mga walang puso! You're with your master now and one and only best friend. Buboy, you did your best,” wrote one netizen.
“Run free Buboy. You're with your master now. You are in a happy place where you will go wherever you want with Sir Marcelo. May you rest in peace!,” said another.
In an update, AFK said that an investigation on the hit and run incident is currently being conducted by the Mabalacat City College in Pampanga, of which Buboy is known as a resident dog.