Adored puppy with 5 legs mysteriously dies after ‘touching millions of hearts’

A dog born with a five legs has suffered a mystery tragic sudden death after "touching the lives of millions".

Rescue charity president Leslie Bird, 59, has been left heartbroken by adorable Chanel No. 5's death which she says happened out of nowhere.

She suspects the American Bully puppy's heart simply "gave out" as just minutes earlier he appeared to be perfectly fine having run around the house and peed in the bathroom 'like normal.

Leslie, who co-founded NorCal Bully Breed Rescue in California, US, told the Daily Star: "I adored her the minute I saw her. I was amazed that she was so sweet and she didn’t know she was uniquely able.

"Disabled dogs are just like disabled people. They deserve the same chances that everyone else gets."

Chanel was taken in by the rescue charity after her owner surrendered her at the vets as soon as she was born.

Despite having a fifth leg hanging from her bottom, Chanel had no trouble getting other dogs in the house to love her as much as Leslie and social media users did.

A video of the unique little pup went viral on TikTok last month, reaching almost 65 million views around the world.

But love hearts flooding NorCal Bully Breed's comment sections soon turned to heartbreak emojis when Leslie broke the sad news of Chanel's death.

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On September 4, Leslie captioned a clip of the young dog saying: "We have some devastating news.

"Yesterday morning our sweet Chanel, left this world. We have no idea what happened, or how, or why. She was perfect one moment, and gone the next.

"Everything was just fine that morning. She ate breakfast of formula, ran around the house, and went pee on a towel on my bathroom floor like she did every other day. I put her back in her little kennel area so I could move some dogs around, and in three minutes she was gone. There was nothing to choke on. Her airway was not blocked.

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"We can only guess that her little heart gave out. Often when there is one visual midline issue going on, there are more that you can’t see."

Leslie added in the post that Chanel was just as special for her personality as she was for having an extra leg.

She continued: "We happily shared Chanel with all of you. She had so many people who loved her from all over the world. She was just a sweet little puppy that captured everyone’s attention because she was so different.

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"But she was special to us for other reasons, not just her extra leg. She was a unique soul that I was completely attached to because of who she was, not what she looked like.

"I’m sure this will be devastating for so many of you. I’m so sorry. I’m sorry her life wasn’t long and full and fun and of adventure. Even although her little life was cut so short, but I promise you it was so full of love.

"I held her every night and told her how beautiful she was. She would lick my chin and cuddle against my neck. She followed me around the house and even came running when I called her. I loved her with all of my heart."

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Any suspicions that the leg could have just been an unusual tail were put to bed by a vet who confirmed it even had an ankle bone.

NorCal Bully Breed Rescue which relies on public donations to survive, had a queue of people offering Chanel a loving forever home.

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Sadly none had the chance to meet her.

Leslie added: "It was awful. She touched the lives of people all over the world. Many who wanted to adopt her and even more who love her uniqueness."

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