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California's First Dog, Sutter, Has Died

Gov. Jerry Brown's 13-year-old corgi died Friday after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

Posted on December 30, 2016, at 8:24 p.m. ET

California's first dog, a corgi named Sutter, died on Friday.

No colleague brought us more joy – & distraction – than you, @SutterBrown. We’ll miss you buddy. #GoodBoy…

The 13-year-old dog, who belonged to Gov. Jerry Brown and wife Anne Gust, underwent surgery in October for an aggressive form of cancer.

While mom & dad got to go light the real Capitol Christmas Tree, we got stuck with this fake fir & 2 stuffed dogs…

Though Sutter was able to return home after the surgery, no further treatment was possible, the governor's office said. After showing some signs of recovery, his health deteriorated rapidly this week, according to the governor's office.

"Sutter passed away peacefully this afternoon with the Governor and First Lady at his side and was laid to rest at the family ranch in Colusa County, where he loved to roam, sniff and play," a spokesperson for the governor's office said.

The first dog had put his paw print on policies from college savings accounts to tax credits for low-income families.

Open a @ScholarShare529 account today & fetch a $50 match on college savings: #529Day #woof

.@SutterBrown starts taxes, reminds low income families to apply for new #CalEITC tax credit

The Browns' 1 1/2-year-old corgi, Colusa, will take over duties of the first dog.

Forget #NationalDogDay (& @SutterBrown), I'm with the ladies on this one! #WomensEqualityDay #WinLikeAGirl

RIP, Sutter.

Back on the Ranch with my buddies: Sutter and Colusa.