Chicago bans dogs from firehouses after fatal pet attack

Dogs have been banned from all Chicago fire stations following a deadly attack on a smaller canine, department officials said.

The city’s acting fire commissioner, Annette Nance-Holt, issued guidance Monday mandating any “pets or mascots” at Chicago’s roughly 100 fire stations be removed after a mixed-breed stray dog living at Engine 116 named Bones attacked a woman’s smaller dog, killing the animal.

“Effective immediately, any and all prior permissions for dogs in the fire stations or on fire apparatuses are hereby revoked,” the department memo read. “All house captains, chief officers and other supervisors are ordered to ensure the immediate

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After firehouse dog kills neighbor’s pooch, Chicago Fire Department wants all dogs removed from stations

Acting Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette Holt has ordered an end to a treasured, but dying tradition — firehouse dogs — after a mixed breed at a South Side firehouse attacked and killed a neighbor’s dog.

The tragic incident happened over the weekend outside Engine 116, 5959 S. Ashland Ave. in Englewood. That firehouse dog, Bones, a larger mixed-breed, was adopted off the street years ago.

A woman was walking her shih tzu on a leash past the firehouse when Bones ran outside and attacked. The shih tzu was rushed to an emergency veterinarian, but it was too late; the injuries

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Phoenix animal shelters crowded with large breed dogs

Shelters are overcrowded with large breed dogs, because when people do show interest in adopting, the small breed dogs are going first.

PHOENIX — Across the nation, animal rescues have seen a spike in adoptions and foster applications at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now they are seeing a shift the other direction.

Currently, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is overcrowded with large breed dogs, because when people do show interest in adopting, the small breed dogs are going first.

300 dogs, cats waiting to be adopted 

Nico, a 2-year-old chihuahua that came in as a

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Dog’s Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Decatur Pets Needing Homes

DECATUR, GA — Perhaps you’ve read the story about the hundreds of people who want to adopt Rusty, the 2-year-old mixed breed dog surrendered to the same Texas animal shelter three times.

What the director of the shelter wants you to know is that you’d be better off adopting a dog from a local shelter here in Decatur and Avondale Estates.

The hundreds of people who have inquired about adopting Rusty do so out of good intentions, Humane Society of Central Texas Executive Director Paul Rivadeneira told Patch. But often, they’re so fixed on rescuing a dog who has spent

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Studio City’s Wagmor Pets welcomes stray dogs rescued from Thailand

STUDIO CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A pet hotel in Studio City has just welcomed seven new dogs all the way from Thailand. They were rescued off the streets, and are being given a new lease on life.

After two days of travel by air, the pups are dog-tired. But life is about to get a whole lot better for them now that they are back on firm ground in Los Angeles.

Melissa Bacelar is the woman behind the rescues. Her Wagmor Pets is intent on saving as many dogs as possible.

“We are getting seven dogs off the streets

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18 best gifts for dogs, cats and other pets 2021

While you may celebrate your pet every day, you can still take advantage of a special occasion like National Pet Day to pamper them a little more. The holiday started in 2006 when animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige wanted to bring attention to the millions of pets in animal shelters. Since then, National Pet Day has become a way for people to celebrate the joy their pets bring them. And more pet parents than ever are going to be able to celebrate this year: In a January 2021 survey conducted by online pet network and marketplace Rover, 49 percent

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