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Chatham Paramedic Temporarily Adopts Dog of Sick Resident in Need of Care

The resident had refused to receive medical attention unless her dog was properly taken care of

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A paramedic with a Massachusetts fire department is fostering the dog of a sick resident with a severe medical condition.

The woman would not agree to receive treatment for her condition because she was concerned about Mia, her middle-aged Labrador retriever. That is when paramedic Michael Lopriore of the Chatham Fire Department decided to step in.

Lopriore had gotten to know the resident from daily interactions having responded to multiple calls from her, Chief Peter Connick said. Knowing that she needed treatment, Loprirore agreed to adopt Mia for as long as needed.

“I am always happy and proud of the care and service the firefighters provide” said Connick. “This act just shows how dedicated they are to what they do.”

Connick spoke about how, despite not being for everyone, owning dogs can be so meaningful for some people. It can mean the world for those who live alone, he said.

Part of Chatham Fire Department's mission statement reads, "To do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason."

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