TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — The Treasure Island Fire Department adopted an 8-month-old beagle from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay this week.
The beagle named "Captain" has go the newest subordinate astatine Station 24.
"When we archetypal got him, helium wasn't definite however to enactment similar a dog. Now 2 days later, seeing him playing with treats and toys, yeah, it's beauteous fun. It's beauteous special," said Lt. Steven Rowland, a paramedic and firefighter astatine Treasure Island Fire Rescue.
Lt. Steven Rowland picked up the beagle astatine the carnal structure earlier this week.
"Walked up to him. His sanction was connected the kennel. He was excited. His process was wagging. He was conscionable wanting to travel out. I asked if we could instrumentality him retired of the kennel. They said, yes, conscionable beryllium alert he's ne'er been connected a leash before. They weren't definite however helium was going to respond, but helium was awesome. He conscionable truly has been axenic joy," said Lt. Rowland.
The young puppy was rescued from a installation successful Virginia that was breeding and selling the beagles for technological research. Court records bespeak the institution was violating the Animal Welfare Act. The Humane Society of the United States rescued astir 4,000 beagles from the facility.
"This canine had not been associated with humans overmuch and not successful a benignant mode anyways. We’ve had him for 3 days. He’s presently moving each astir the station," said Chief Trip Barrs with Treasure Island Fire Rescue.
A fistful of the dogs ended up astatine the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the Humane Society of Sarasota.
"Captain" volition service arsenic a therapy canine for archetypal responders. He volition besides articulation the section astatine nationalist acquisition events and go the occurrence department's authoritative mascot.
Chief Barrs said the canine volition articulation the section astatine assemblage events.
"We bash formation information a lot. We bash car spot safety, We thatch CPR and conscionable wide information hurricane preparedness," said Chief Barrs.
"Captain" is learning his mode astir the occurrence station. He is adjusting to a beingness with love, treats and toys.
"We're present 24-7. He's going to person 1 of our 3 shifts present astatine each times. I don't cognize which 1 is going to beryllium his favorite," said Chief Barrs.
"He's decidedly going to get plentifulness of love."