Allen Park Fire Department's Dalmatian statue stolen

- What is a fire department without its prized pup?

"We went for a lot of years without a Dalmatian," said Fire Chief Doug LaFond. "So it's kind of sad."

The top dog of the Allen Park Fire Department used to sit inside the station until Sunday, when LaFond says Sparky the spotted statue was stolen.

"We're hoping it was just a prank," he said. "And that it will turn back up, that is our hope."

LaFond says Sparky statue was donated to the department last Spring.

"He's just cute, a lot of the kids like him," he said. "We've had some residents that would say they like driving by and see him out there."

It happened Sunday when the fire department held an open house from noon to 3 p.m. LaFond says Sparky was there as the festivities began, but later it was absent from the firehouse photos.

After hearing about the dog-napping on Facebook, a local pawn shop has a replacement they would be willing to donate.

"I saw their dog was stolen, then I thought they're going think I took their dog," said Jesse West, of Oppleman's Trading and Exchange.

West. who works just down the road from the fire department says he also enjoys driving by and seeing Sparky perched outside. He deciding his store's statue Bill would be a loyal backup.

LaFond just wants his dog back.

"If he shows back up here at the fire station there will be no questions asked,” he said. “So please bring our Sparky home."

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