The members of the Hyattsville VFD are in mourning over the loss of our beloved mascot Hailey, who passed away peacefully Friday, January 1 after a brief battle with cancer. She was just six years old.
Hailey came to the HVFD in April 2010 from the Washington Animal Rescue League — rescued along with her Rottweiler sisters, Rylie and Lilla, from a dangerous situation in Washington, D.C. They were found with an owner who placed heavy rubber bands around their limbs and necks, which began to cause further harm as they grew. When Hailey was adopted by the HVFD she still had a scar around her neck from where the rubber band had become embedded.
Her sister Rylie, who paid a final visit to Hailey a few weeks ago, had one of her front legs amputated as a result of the abuse.
Hailey moved into the firehouse at just about 16 weeks old and quickly became popular and beloved not only by our members but also all those visited, joining her predecessors Chile and Clyde as a friendly, loveable mascot for our department.
Notorious for chasing her own shadow and nicknamed “Hailey Lazydog” by those who loved her, Hailey was a fixture at the firehouse for the hundreds of volunteers, career staff and visitors who have come through our doors since 2010. Hailey was also a staple of our Open House and other public events.
She also made trips back to the Washington Animal Rescue League to take part in camps for children who want to learn about working animals and abuse prevention.
Hailey was surrounded by the love of the membership and friends the last few weeks following her diagnosis right up until the end. May she rest in peace.