Chief the Fire Dog Removed from Station 6

POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 8:20am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

The dog adopted by station 6 firefighters in Brownsville is at the Animal Regulation and Control Center.

Firefighters found "Chief" during a dive training session and nursed her back to health, but the Fire Chief says having the dog at the station is a liability and he says some firefighters who also work at station 6 do not want the responsibility of the dog. Fire Chief Lenny Perez gave the firefighters til Monday at 5pm to find Chief a new home and then extended the deadline till Tuesday at 5pm. When he found the dog at the station around 6:45pm, he picked her up and took her to the animal shelter.

The Fire Chief says the dog had no tags and that it is against city code to have the dog at the station. Dog advocate and Mayor Pat Ahumada says he hopes to take this issue up at city hall. Firefighters say they called police to file a theft report, but again, the Fire Chief say they did not follow through as promised and get the dog a new home. He says years ago when firefighters had a dog, they accidentally ran over it and that's just one of many concerns he has over liability.

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