Leaving a dog in a car is one thing, but leaving them in a car, in the blistering heat with the windows shut is another thing entirely. So many dogs are not cared for properly by their owners, and often get left in cars for long periods of time. In New York, one dog was reported to have been locked in a hot car for two hours. When police arrived on the scene they managed to get it out. According to reports, one of the police officers that helped save the dog ended up adopting it.
On June 18th, a New York City police department had a call come in about a dog in distress. According to the concerned citizens who made the call, the dog was locked in a car with the windows shut. It was very hot that day, and it was clear that the dog was not happy. Firstly, the 19th precinct sent out some officers to the dog’s location to assist. When they arrived at 88th Street near Third Avenue, they found the dog showing clear signs of distress. To sum it up, this was due to being locked in the hot car.
Hot car, hot dog rescue—thanks to caring NYers who saw this pup locked in a car for over 2 hours & called 911!— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) June 18, 2022
Our cops responded discovering the car off, windows shut & distressed dog. They broke the window, got pup out & off to a vet for care. Criminal investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/B5MdVT6UUe
Next, the officers took matters into their hands. They broke one of the windows of the car and got it out. They then sent it off to the vet to be treated. The name of the dog’s neglectful owner is not known. But, a 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
The 19th Precinct tweeted about the incident
The 19th precinct made a tweet about the incident. They did so to notify the public of the wrongful act of leaving a dog in a hot car with no ventilation. The tweet read: “Hot car, hot dog rescue—thanks to caring NYers who saw this pup locked in a car for over 2 hours & called 911! Our cops responded discovering the car off, windows shut & distressed dog. They broke the window, got pup out & off to a vet for care. Criminal investigation continues.”
Additionally, they replied to their own tweet with a description of how hot it was the day the dog was locked in the car. In short, they reminded everyone how wrong it it to leave your dog locked in a car. “Yesterday’s afternoon temps hovered in the mid 80’s & on an 85° day, it only takes 10 mins for the inside of a car to reach a deadly 102°! It’s prohibited to leave an animal unattended in a car under these dangerous conditions—thankfully the pup was rescued & is being cared for.“
She decided to adopt a dog
Aruna Maharaj was one of the officers who attended the scene. Among others, she helped in rescuing the dog from the extreme heat, which most likely saved its life. Not only that, but she helped get the dog away from his owner who had proven himself neglectful. In short, officer Maharaj felt that the dog deserved a better life. On the 27th of July, the 19th Precinct tweeted that Aruna wanted to adopt a dog, and ended up adopting the dog. They posted a picture of the dog jumping up to greet his new mom and accompanied it with a sweet caption.
“This pup will never be neglected again! “A month ago, this sweet doggo was rescued after his owner left him in his hot locked car for hours. Then, yesterday, one of it’s rescuers, Officer Maharaj, adopted him! Thank you @ASPCA for taking such good care of this lucky pup!”
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Sources 1. “New York officer adopts dog she helped save from hot car a month ago.” Kiro. Jessica Goodman. July 28, 2022. 2. “New York Police Department officer adopts dog she rescued from hot car.” ABC News. Kyla Guilfoil. July 28, 2022.