A Memphis Fire Department dalmatian took her final ride on Monday, WMC TV reports.
At the age of 14 years, Lottie Dot’s health was deteriorating.
On Friday afternoon, the department gave the dog one final ride as she was escorted to the veterinary clinic where she ended her life surrounded by her human mom and many friends.
Lottie Dot was deaf, but that didn’t hold her back. She joined the fire department a few years ago to help teach children. Before that, Lottie Dot worked for more than 12 years as a therapy dog with children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She also visited with veterans at the Memphis VA.
Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cook said Lottie Dot loved teaching fire safety in schools around the Mid-South and at the Fire Museum of Memphis.
“Who would have thought a puppy rescued off the highway over 14 years ago would have such a huge impact on the community,” said Cooke.