Deaf Memphis Fire Department dalmatian goes on final ride

Lottie Dot ends her final ride (Source: Allie Herrara/WMC5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis Fire Department dalmatian took her final ride on Monday.

Lottie Dot is deaf, but that hasn’t stopped her. She joined the fire department a few years ago to help teach children in the Mid-South.

Sadly, 14-year-old Lottie Dot’s days as a member of the MFD have come to an end. So, the department gave her a final ride Monday at 3 p.m. She was euthanized shortly afterwards.

“Just because they have a disability doesn’t mean they can’t be a good therapy dog and a companion out in the community,” said Patricia Belt.

For over 10 years, Belt has turned her love for deaf dalmatians into a way to help veterans and educate children.

Thanks to her hard work, the Spotters have received extensive training and a variety of different certifications.

The pups spend their days helping teach kids about dog bite prevention and fire safety and attending therapy sessions at the VA.

Thank you for your service, Lottie Dot. You will be missed.

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