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Police shoot dog after pair of pooches attacks Elgin fire station

Lucy watches as Canines are treated custom-made dog treats served special canine tablescape complete with floral arrangements sliver platters fine

Lucy, watches as Canines are treated to custom-made dog treats served on a special canine tablescape, complete with floral arrangements, sliver platters and fine china as the Anti-Cruelty Society holds it's annual Doggie Tea Party at the Palmer House Hilton Empire Room on Thursday, June 7, 2012. | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Elgin police said they had to shoot a dog that was part of a canine duo that went after a city firefighter and then tried to charge the fire station.

Police said the incident began about 1 p.m. Wednesday when a female dog weighing about 80 pounds charged at a firefighter at the back of Elgin Fire Station No. 7 at 3270 Longcommon Parkway. He was able to get back into the station before he could be bitten.

A male dog weighing about 130 pounds appeared shortly thereafter and charged at the front door of the station, forcing the fire crews to lock themselves inside the building.

When police arrived, the dogs went after them, so they shot one, police said.

The wounded animal and the other one then retreated to a nearby home just outside the city limits.

Police said the dogs’ owner, whose name was unavailable, was issued tickets for allowing dogs to run free and owning a dangerous animal.

They said the wounded dog was taken to an animal hospital in South Elgin.

Police Lt. Dan O’Shea said it is unclear how long the fire station was locked down and whether the fire crews could have responded to emergency calls during the lockdown.

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