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 were too severe.
“This could have been a child. This could have been much more tragic than it was. We also feel very bad. This is a neighbor’s dog. She lives about a block away from the firehouse. That’s also a tragedy — that she lost her beloved dog and was walking it. Doing everything right. Coming by the firehouse where she’s probably come by many times before,” said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
“One of the overhead doors on the bays was up, being serviced. The [firehouse] dog got on the apparatus floor … saw the other dog, charged out of the firehouse after the dog and attacked it right there on the apron. It’s an unpredictable thing. We can’t risk that any longer.”
Bones was spotted in a fenced-in area outside Engine 116 Tuesday afternoon, but later was moved to the Department of Animal Care and Control’s shelter at 2741 S. Western Ave., where…