Popular Chicago firehouse dog gets free rehab after surgery

CHICAGO -- Freckles the firehouse dog is well known around Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. The community, along with some total strangers, sprung to action earlier this summer, after the beloved Dalmatian mix tore his left ACL while chasing a squirrel. A GoFundMe page raised nearly $4,000 in a matter of days to pay for his surgery. And now, a suburban veterinary clinic is providing Freckles with free rehabilitation.

A representative from the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove says their vets have been working with Freckles for the past few weeks, using the underwater treadmill as well as laser therapy. They expect he'll be fully recovered after another month or so of weekly rehab sessions.

"The fire department does so much, and there's no budget for the firehouse dog," said Kathy Mordini, the clinic's director of marketing. "When we saw the outpouring from the community, we wanted to do what we could to help out."

According to Mordini, one of the clinic employees first saw Freckles' story on social media. The dog, who lives at Engine 103, has his own Facebook page and Twitter account.