From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2000:
Leo II, 12, African lion mascot of the University of North Alabama football team, died on March 1 while anesthetized for a medical check at Auburn University. His death provoked discussion not only of the propriety of using wild animals as quasicheerleaders, but also of Auburn academic standards, after the Birmingham News bannered “Leo II dies during exam at AU.”
Maverick, four, German shepherd police dog for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Rosa, California, trained after rescue from a local pound, was killed on February 11 when struck by a car during hot pursuit of two suspects who allegedly discarded a loaded handgun and a half pound of cocaine in their flight. Despite his fatal injuries, Maverick continued the chase until called off by handler Theodore Van Bebber.