March 17, 2009

Oprah’s new puppy, Ivan, dies

Ivan, one of two 8-week-old puppies Oprah Winfrey adopted from PAWS Chicago this month has died, a spokeswoman for Winfrey's Harpo Productions said.

The representative told the Chicago Tribune that Ivan, a blond-colored cocker spaniel who appeared on the March 6 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show, died from the parvo virus late last week.

Ivan was a littermate of Sadie, another cocker puppy Winfrey recently adopted and introduced to the audience on a live program.

The Tribune noted that Winfrey has been a longtime supporter of PAWS, highlighting the agency during a series of 2008 shows about puppy mills and pet overpopulation, and financing a pet room at the shelter.