A New York police officer has adopted a dog she helped save from a hot car on Manhattan’s Upper East Side a month before.
On June 18, a dog was rescued by New York cops from a parked car on 88th Street near Third Avenue on a very hot day, according to WPIX. The dog was locked in the car for about two hours.
Concerned residents called 911 when they saw the dog stuck in the hot car, according to a tweet from the New York Police Department’s 19th Precinct. When officers arrived they discovered the car was turned off, the windows were hot, and the dog was in distress. The cops then smashed the window to free the dog and transported him to a veterinarian for care.
On Wednesday, July 26, the NYPD 19th Precinct tweeted that the dog would no longer be neglected because one of their officers, Officer Aruna Maharaj, one of the cops who helped save the dog, had adopted him.
“A month ago, this sweet doggo was rescued after his owner left him in his hot locked car for hours; yesterday, one of it’s rescuers, Officer Maharaj, adopted him,” tweeted the NYPD 19th Precinct.
The dog was taken in by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) before Maharaj adopted the dog from their care. The ASPCA said that animals should never be left alone in hot cars. According to The Humane Society, it’s also important to watch for humidity.
“It’s not just the ambient temperature, but also the humidity that can affect your pet,” said Dr. Barry Kellogg, senior veterinary advisor of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, in a Humane Society statement.
A 26-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty, according to police.
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