SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Larz E. Bourne, creator of the TV cartoon character Deputy Dawg, died March 14.

He was 77.

Bourne retired 12 years ago as a story editor and writer for CBS Terrytoons and Hanna Barbera Prods.

He attended the Chicago Professional School of Cartooning and began his career in 1937 with the Max Fleischer Studio.

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