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UPDATE: Cokie Roberts' Missing Dog Confirmed Dead

Katie, the lost Lab that sparked a search across Bethesda, was struck and killed by a car.

Update, 4:45 p.m.: Cokie Roberts has released a statement following the death of her newly adopted dog, Katie.

"We are so terribly sad about the news,” said Roberts in the statement. “We want to thank all who searched so diligently for Katie, and we are deeply distressed for the family who fostered Katie for three loving months."

“We cannot say enough good things about Lab Rescue of the LRCP and its dedicated volunteers. We urge all the kind people who have been in touch with us about Lab Rescue to make a donation to them in honor of Katie, just as we will."

Donations in Katie's memory can be made online to Lab Rescue or via mail at Lab Rescue of the LRCP Inc., P.O. Box 1814, Annandale, VA 22003.

Original post, 1:43 p.m.: The black Lab that Saturday has died.

The 48-pound, five-year-old female dog known as Katie was struck and killed by a car near according to Lab Rescue, which aided in the search.

"Lab Rescue of the LRCP is sad to report that Katie, the Lab adopted on Saturday by Cokie Roberts, was hit by a car and killed in the vicinity of Thomas W. Pyle Middle School in Bethesda," Stephen Push, a spokesman for Lab Rescue, wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "Her body was found at 9 a.m. [Thursday] and was identified by Lab Rescue volunteers."

The missing dog prompted a search across Bethesda, and hundreds of readers shared Patch's story about the missing pup on Twitter and Facebook.

Roberts adopted the Lab—known as Katie—from the rescue group Saturday. The same day, around 6:15 p.m., the dog went missing.

Using tracking dogs, volunteers searching for Katie confirmed that she had last been seen Wednesday morning near Pyle.

russresearcher April 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM
So sad:-(
Sharon April 26, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Oh I am so very sorry and saddened by this update! Disheartening!
Dog Lover April 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Why did the dog go missing after just being adopted? Seems like the journalist wasn't familiar with dogs, which makes me wonder why the rescue gave her the dog in the first place? A dog that comes into a new home needs to be tied to a family member with a leash and appropriate collar for the first week (at least). Seems like all involved didn't do their homework and another life is sadly lost - which could have been avoided.
Patti E. April 26, 2012 at 08:19 PM
This is sad..Rescue dogs are easily spooked and are known to bolt for no good reason. So Adopters do need to be extra careful with doors, fences etc. My Pyranees rescue Bella tried to bolt every time I left the house for the 1st 3 weeks she was with me until she truly knew she was staying for good and she was safe. Extra vigilence is needed with rescues until you have experience with what they may try to do--like dig, leap or chew their way out of crates, fences, bedrooms, garages etc. So sorry for Katie and also Cokie and her family..
Elisabeth O April 26, 2012 at 08:22 PM
We live in this neighborhood and have been looking out for any sign of the dog. Very sad it ended this way.
Bora Mici April 26, 2012 at 08:36 PM
was this a hit and run situation?
georgegracie7@aol.com April 27, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I agree dog lover. Total irresponsibility on the adoptive parents. Katie did not deserve this. All newly adopted dogs should be kept on a leash. There should never be a situation where they can get outside. Simple stupid carelessness.
Megsdf April 27, 2012 at 02:20 AM
We live in the same neighborhood and my kids put food on the front porch for Katie (they've done it for other lost dogs). We have a dog too who gets out (rarely) but it happens. With all the planning things happen, they're called accidents. EVERYTHING was done to try and find her (not an accident). It's tragic for all.
Sammi April 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
They say that if you want a friend in Washington politics, get a dog. Dear Ms. Roberts------looks like you didn't really want a friend bad enough to take proper care. I don't have any sympathy for you but I am very sorry for the dog. I guess if a dog wants a friend in Washington, they should aim for someone other than a liberal "journalist."
Barbara April 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I am sure Ms. Roberts is very sad that her dog died in such a tragic way. Shame on you, Sammi (and any other people out there so quick to blame her) for sending such a cruel message. Life happens -- and we don't need heartless people to make us feel worse. Want I want to know is whether the driver of the car stopped when the accident occured. If mean people want to vent -- why not choose the driver! I have seen many reckless drivers in the Bethesda area who deserve your harsh remarks -- not Ms. Roberts.
Buzz Lightyear April 27, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Why is it that so many people know what to do and not to do with a rescued animal, but Roberts doesn't have a clue?
Buzz Lightyear April 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM
She (Cokie) was warned of Katie's history and fearfulness, but she insisted on taking her. The Rescue did their job. It's clear who is responsible. Even if Cokie had asked someone to watche her, she was responsible.
Buzz Lightyear April 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Totally agree with everything you said except I'm not sad for Cokie. She was taught, warned, etc... Our rescues require a lot of attention because they sometimes come from homes where they've been abused. They're scared. Perhaps Cokie adopted just for show and not because she cared.
Buzz Lightyear April 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
You are so right. You captured it!
Buzz Lightyear April 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM
How dare you say shame on you Sammi. The person was simply stating an opinion, but so typical of people like you to criticize and not take criticism. If you were the one to have killed that dog or anyone's dog that ran right in front of you, wouldn't that make you feel bad? Would that be your fault? No, it's the fault of the person who did not take good care of a scared dog that they just adopted.
georgegracie7@aol.com April 28, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Sammi, what does being a liberal have anything to do with this. I guess you think a conservative would have never let this happen. Keep your effen politics out of this situation. Here is something you should remember - a liberal treats dogs like people, and a conservative treats people like dogs.
Buzz Lightyear April 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Wow, isn't this the pot calling the kettle black? At least Sammi didn't imply swearing. Bottom line is that Cukie was responsible. She is also responsible for the trauma caused to the person who killed the poor dog.
B Allen April 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
To all of you people that come on these message boards to "pontificate" as if you know what you are talking about...BOTTOM LINE, you get a dog, you learn how to train it. When I got my first dog, I took a class at the Rockville Animal Shelter which taught me how to train the dog. Very simple process. But then again, when it comes to some (as Sammi put it) liberal journalist, 2 things going against her (a lib and journalist) and you are talking about someone who is not that bright. Bottom line, animal shelters should make it mandatory for thise wanting to adopt to take training on how to care for a pet.
R Lee April 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Its sad that an animal dies BUT is this a news item? My auto had a flat tire- will that be posted also?
Patricia J. Kelly April 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I hope she doesn't adopt another dog any time soon. If you are gong to get an animal know how to take care of it!! I hope Katie didn't lay there and suffer. I also know there is someone who has no respect for a life, when this dog was hit the driver should have stopped and taken the dog to the vet themselves or called the police for help....such a sad story for a dog that just wanted a loving home.
Denise July 03, 2012 at 03:16 AM
WOW!!! Everyone is sooo quick to judge. It really is not our place to judge anyone. We have NOOO idea what really happened. We adopted 2 dogs (years ago) & signed up for Dog obedience classes & our dogs were leashed, when one of them slipped out of their collar & leash & ran straight into our neighbor's car. Fortunately she was relatively fine ( a little limp for a couple of days)...Anyhow...perhaps we could reach out to those out of power or something else positive instead of slamming everyone? Just a thought...
micheal h April 11, 2013 at 12:17 AM
if you hit someones dog.you should meet with that person and apologize in person not through the police or a messageby a third party.
PansyAston May 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Barbara, I totally agree with you. I also have a Lab from LRCP, and support the group wholeheartedly. You can turn your head for a minute..... Shame on the hit and run driver; there is a place for them, and it doesn't have air conditioning....


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