Dogs have been banned from all Chicago hearth stations following a lethal attack on a smaller canine, division officers mentioned.
Town’s appearing hearth commissioner, Annette Nance-Holt, issued steerage Monday mandating any “pets or mascots” at Chicago’s roughly 100 hearth stations be eliminated after a mixed-breed stray canine dwelling at Engine 116 named Bones attacked a lady’s smaller canine, killing the animal.
“Efficient instantly, any and all prior permissions for dogs within the hearth stations or on hearth apparatuses are hereby revoked,” the division memo learn. “All home captains, chief officers and different supervisors are ordered to make sure the instant and protected removing of all dogs from all CFD services, with out exception.”
The unprovoked attack by Bones outdoors the hearth station within the metropolis’s Englewood part occurred as a lady who lived close by walked her small canine, presumably a Shiz Tzu, division spokesman Larry Langford instructed The Submit Tuesday.
Langford mentioned he lives close to the firehouse and frequently noticed Bones, who by no means earlier than induced any points on the station.
“Bones had a great disposition, I’ve seen him on the firehouse and he was a docile canine,” Langford mentioned. “Why we went after that small canine, I do not know.”
The canine’s proprietor was not harm in the course of the attack — the primary fatal incident involving a firehouse canine on file that Langford may recall, the longtime CFD spokesman mentioned.
There had been earlier incidents involving firehouse dogs chasing individuals or being eliminated from stations, however there have been no prior stories of the canines being concerned in assaults on different dogs, Langford mentioned.
“I don’t have any instances the place a neighborhood canine was killed or an individual was injured,” the spokesman recalled.
The transfer to ban dogs from firehouses was denounced as an “terrible choice” by the administrator of a Fb group known as CFD Firehouse Pups.
“I critically can’t perceive who would have made such an terrible choice and never contemplate what these animals do for us frequently,” the administrator wrote. “I hope we by some means discover a strategy to get this choice reversed.”
Hearth officers will conduct checks to verify the dogs have been eliminated, a division spokesman instructed NBC Chicago.
Nearly all of town’s firehouses don’t presently home dogs, division spokesman Larry Merritt instructed The Submit.
Langford, in the meantime, mentioned on the Fb web page he was as “unhappy to see the dogs go” as anybody.
“I additionally really feel the ache of the neighbor who watched as Bones attacked and killed her canine whereas she walked it previous the firehouse over the weekend,” Langford wrote. “The division had little alternative however to ship the pups packing. We hope they’ll all discover good houses with members.”
Division brass had little alternative apart from to ship the dogs packing, Langford mentioned.
“I’ll miss Bones as all of us miss the pups however it should be completed,” his publish continued. “I’d hate to see one other pup or worse a toddler attacked by certainly one of our personal.”