McNugget, the rooster familiar to folks who frequent an Issaquah parking lot, has apparently met a grisly demise.

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It’s a sad day in Issaquah, where a beloved rooster named McNugget is missing and presumed dead.

“I’m having to tell people all day long, and they’re just crying. It’s horrible,” said Michelle Schneider, owner of Your Espresso Stand near the parking lot and tree McNugget has called home for more than a decade.

The black rooster, who showed up in 2002, was named by a poll of Your Espresso customers and has been greeted daily by people passing by. “He is loved by so many,” Schneider said.

Schneider said an employee of the espresso stand got a call Tuesday afternoon from a woman who said she had just seen saw a dog running off with the rooster in his jaws.

“She chased after them, and she tried to find the rooster, but they disappeared,” Schneider said.

When Schneider heard about it, she hoped the eyewitness was mistaken. Maybe the dog had grabbed a crow — there are plenty of those around.

But when she arrived for work about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, she wasn’t greeted by McNugget. He didn’t fly down and ask for a treat, as he always would do. And he hasn’t gone into his little house.

As much as it hurts, Schneider said, McNugget’s fate seems clear.

“It’s really hard,” said Schneider. “At first I thought I wouldn’t tell anyone. But the news got out.”

Word is that the people who own the dog are away and have been relying on a dog-sitter.

Schneider said her only solace is that McNugget, at 13, was likely nearing the end of his life. In a 2013 Seattle Times article on McNugget, an expert was quoted as saying chickens often die by the time they reach 8, and rarely live to 15.