Michigan Fire Department Dog Runs Over 4-Year-Old With Golf Cart

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The annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ event, hosted by the Westland Fire Department (WFD), took an unexpected turn Saturday when a dog driving a golf cart reportedly ran over a four-year-old girl.

WFD’s arson dog unexpectedly hopped onto the driver’s seat of a golf cart at the event and laid across the accelerator pedal, according to a news release. This caused the cart to suddenly lunge forward, prompting firefighters to attempt to steer it away from the crowd of people.

Despite their best efforts, firefighters couldn’t bring the cart to a stop in time. It reportedly struck the four-year-old girl, running over her leg with the passenger-side front tire. Firefighters and paramedics immediately rushed to her aid.

Although she was visibly shaken by the incident, the child showed no injuries and did not require further medical attention. (RELATED: ‘Very Unusual’: Video Shows Man’s Best Friend Turned Partner-In-Crime During Home Robbery)

“Fortunately, the child was back to eating her popcorn within minutes of the incident and within 10 minutes of the incident was back to jumping in the fire department bounce house,” WFD wrote.

Blues, Brews, and Barbecue is a summer bash in Westland that features blues music, BBQ food and domestic draft brews. 

“It has been truly incredible to watch this event grow for over a decade, and we are so excited that it was back to the community and even better,” Mayor Michael P. Londeau commented. “In addition to being a perfect way to spend a summer weekend, proceeds from this event will benefit local civic organizations to help support their charitable work locally in Westland. To date, this event has raised and given back to the community nearly $120,000, and this year will be added to that.”