Beloved Huntington Fire Department Canine Passes Away

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hearts were heavy Friday at the Huntington Fire Department after the death of a beloved comrade -- Miss O’Leary, a dog who helped firefighters sniff out arson-related cases.

Miss O’Leary passed away Friday at the age of 14. When she started working for the department in 2000, Miss O’Leary was the only fire accelerant dog in West Virginia.

Miss O'Leary had a very high conviction record, and her partner says she'll be tough to replace.

“She will be missed, not only by family and friends but by the community,” Capt. Steve Ellis said. “It's already shown that people are already feeling sorrow, and that's very humbling."


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