In Pensacola, Florida, police had to take extreme action on Tuesday afternoon to save a tiny puppy locked inside of a hot car. Posted on the Pensacola Police Department’s Facebook, the story has already gone viral with more than 11,000 shares, and it is hoped to serve as a warning not to leave pets unattended in any vehicle.
When police were called to the scene, they had to shatter the window of the car to save the puppy from the heat. Temperatures in Pensacola had already exceeded 92 degrees. As to citizens breaking vehicle windows to save a pet or a child, the police did advise good Samaritans to call 911 or call their local police first; explaining it does become a judgment call, and one would have to explain the circumstances not to be held liable.
The police issued a stern warning that would do well if repeated at every police station across the nation: (adjusting of course to the particular precinct):
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. 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 puppy is reported to be doing fine, although no information has been made available whether he was returned to his owner.
Photo courtesy of Pensacola Police Department.