Georgia Woman Pays Touching Tribute to Shelter Dog Following Death

Chester the dog died in his home on Friday, July 10.

— -- Chester, the terminally ill senior rescue dog whose final days were memorialized online, has died.

"He passed on Friday and he kind of went downhill pretty fast," owner Nicole Elliot told ABC News. "I stayed with him all day and he passed in my arms. I just petted him and [was] telling him it was OK to let go.

"He was surrounded by love when he went," she said

Elliot, 24, brought Chester home from Animal Ark Rescue in Columbus, Georgia, on June 27.

"They rescued him from a high-kill shelter in April after he was surrendered over from his previous owners," Elliot said July 6. "He had a huge tumor on the top of his head and they wanted someone to take him for his final days. The next day, I got there right before they opened."

To make his final moments worthwhile, Elliot planned little adventures for Chester and documented his experiences on a donation site for Animal Ark Rescue and his Facebook page, where she wrote a touching tribute to her pup.