McCain family says dog drowned after getting stuck in pipe

John McCain's dog, who was always at the senator's side until his death last year, died after getting stuck in a pipe and drowning on the family's northern Arizona property

PHOENIX -- John McCain's dog, who was always at the senator's side until his death last year, died after getting stuck in a pipe and drowning on the family's northern Arizona property.

Cindy McCain told The Arizona Republic on Monday that Burma died last month when she got trapped in a pipe on their Cornville property.

She says the Chesapeake Bay retriever had never run into a pipe before. The property includes a series of ponds and a creek.

The family initially said the dog had died in a "freak" drowning accident in April.

Cindy McCain says she believes Burma is with her husband now.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com