Recently Pensacola, Florida, police officer Anthony Giorgio conducted a very special rescue — he saved the life of a tiny Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. The young puppy had been carelessly left in a parked car in a mall parking lot.
Shoppers noticed the puppy whimpering in distress. They did the right thing and called the police.
Luckily, Officer Giorgio caught the call. “I put my hand in the car and could feel that it was hotter inside the car than outside,” he told local station WKRG. “I called my sergeant and let him know what I had, and he instructed me to make entry, and I broke the window with my police baton.”
The outdoor temperature at the time was 94 degrees with a heat index of 108.
Here’s the police bodycam video:
The rescued puppy was immediately given water before being taken to a local veterinarian for treatment. The Pensacola Police Department fully backs its officer’s actions and posted this on Facebook:
“Don’t. Just don’t. If you leave your dog in a hot car and that dog is suffering, we will do whatever we have to do to free him. Or her. Doesn’t matter, we like both kinds of dogs. We will drive your pooch to the caring folks at the Escambia County Animal Shelter and we will drop you off with the caring folks at the Escambia County Detention Facility. You will both receive attention, food, and shelter, albeit different kinds. So, don’t.”
The dog’s human was issued citations by the police department before the puppy was returned to him.
What I don’t understand is why people persist in leaving their dogs in hot cars while they conduct their business. Death by heat exhaustion is torture, plain and simple.
I’ll echo the Pensacola Police Department here: “Don’t.”