A pet that was recently featured in the New York Times was killed by a hunter, it’s believed.
Nyan cat, a 6-month-old black and white collie-type dog, was found in the woods of the city of New York by a local resident who happened to stumble upon the animal.
The story went viral after it was posted on the Times website and was picked up by The Associated Press.
“I think it was probably the most shocking thing I’ve ever seen,” said Lisa Hough, a longtime pet owner in the Philadelphia area.
“It’s just heartbreaking, especially because there’s so much positive things happening in the community.”
The story went national after the animal’s owner, who was not named in the Times article, posted a photo of the dead dog to Facebook and received thousands of comments.
Hough said she didn’t realize Nyan’s owner had killed the dog until after the Times story had gone viral.
Hough said Nyan is a mix of black and grey.
The cat, who is named Nyan because of his dark hair, was euthanized by animal control in Philadelphia, where she was found on Friday, said Beth Kasten, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Animal Care and Control.
Animal control officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
There are three other black and yellow cats in the city, according to the Times.
While black cats are considered more dangerous, there are a number of ways to help them, including a litter box, litter boxes and other ways to give them a safe place to go, according a statement from the New Jersey Humane Society.
This story has been updated to include additional information.