NEW YORK (AP) - A toy poodle whose New York City owners had sought to put him in the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest dog has died.
Uncle Chichi was 24, 25 or 26.
Owners Frank Pavich and Janet Puhalovic adopted Chichi from the John Ancrum Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Charleston when he was 1 to 2 years old.
Records proving his age were lost.
Pavich told The New York Times that Chichi was put down last Tuesday after a yearlong battle with cancer.
His longevity led to an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America." When Pavich revealed Spot's Stew was Chichi's favorite food, the manufacturer donated 10,000 meals to the Charleston shelter.
Guinness' official oldest living dog, a 26-year-old Japanese mutt, died in December.