Looks like this was one lucky pooch! The firefighters of Progress Fire Company had been missing a canine companion and were thinking about adopting one when a spunky 1 yr old beagle turn up practically on their doorstep.

And with some kind donations they were able to take care of the pup’s immediate medical problems, now they just need to be able to keep up with them. What a great story though! 🙂

It’s been a long time since a dog roamed the Progress Fire Company and, truth is, firefighters there say they’ve missed having a friendly canine around.

Fire Chief Glenn McCoy said his fellow firefighters were thinking about getting a dog when an energetic beagle came along.

In April, members of the Susquehanna Twp. fire company found the lovable 1-year-old beagle tied to a bench outside the Maple Street fire station, McCoy said.

No one knew why anyone would abandon the dog, but the dog’s medical bills might have had something to do with it.

Bench, named after where he was found, had a severe heartworm condition that has cost the nonprofit fire company at least $1,000, McCoy said.

“If he didn’t get the treatment, he would have died,” McCoy said.

Bench’s medical bills have been all but paid, McCoy said, thanks to a generous community that heard about the story.

Upkeep of the dog, however, will continue to cost the volunteer fire station money. While it might not seem like a lot, the fire company will have to pay for Bench’s checkups, neutering and daily expenses, such as special dog food that costs nearly $40 per bag.

Support of the dog will be greatly appreciated because it looks like Bench has found a permanent home, McCoy said.

Live-in firefighter Corey Matz said Bench helps build goodwill with the community.

And, he said, the beagle, which often spends its days lounging on the couch in the station’s living room or jumping on visitors, has been good for firefighters.

“It’s been nice having him around, Matz said as Bench laid near his feet in the fire station’s living area. “He’s a great dog.”

BENCH FUND

Donations can be sent to the Progress Fire Company at 3440 Maple St., Harrisburg, PA 17109. (The Patriot News)

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