Firehouse dogs banned in Chicago after tragic incident

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The fire commissioner in Chicago, Illinois, has banned firehouse dogs after a tragic incident happened with a mixed breed dog who got out of the Engine Fire Department #116 at 60th Street and Ashland Avenue. The dog, who lived at the firehouse after being taken in as a stray, killed a small breed dog after escaping – and now all firehouse dogs have to leave.

According to MSN News, Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt issued a memo after the dog, named Bones, killed the smaller dog:

Any and all prior permissions for dogs in the fire stations or on fire apparatuses are hereby revoked.

The urgent need to rehome the dogs has hit social media. On Tuesday, a post was created to help find the dogs somewhere new to go:

Due to an unfortunate (and isolated) incident, there is now a ban on firehouse dogs in Chicago. All pups will need to find new homes ASAP. These are loyal, dutiful support dogs who have contributed to our communities and provided endless love and comfort to the men and women in the stations that serve them.
If you or someone you know are looking to adopt or foster, please consider one of these sweet angels.
Please request to follow CFD Firehouse Pups group on Facebook for more information.

Larry Langford, the chief Fire Department spokesman, has made a statement about the tragic situation:

I am as sad to see the dogs go as anyone. I live near 116 and was well aware of Bones and the longtime king of the house Salty. I also feel the pain of the neighbor who watched as Bones attacked and killed her dog while she walked it past the firehouse over the weekend.

As reported by NBC Chicago, there are some members of “CFD Firehouse Pups” are hoping to get the decision overturned.

Follow the National Animal News Facebook page for more news, updates and petitions.


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Such a sweet parrot!


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