It’s that time of year again where outside temperatures are simply too high to leave your animals in a car. Not only is it dangerous, but it is also illegal. The Pensacola Police Department will not hesitate to do what is necessary to save an animal in distress.
This was the case when an officer was dispatched to help a small dog left inside a car. The tiny Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy was left in it’s owner’s vehicle when outside temperatures were 94 degrees (34 Celsius) and the heat index was 108 degrees (42 Celsius). AMVA reminds pet owners that even on days that feel comfortable to humans, the interior of your car is usually 40 degrees higher!
According to an article from KTLA, once officer Anthony Giorgio received confirmation from his Sargent, he immediately broke the window and likely saved the pup’s life. Veterinarian Mark Sprayberry said this in an interview with KTLA, “I think he is a hero, and our police officers are our good friends, and they are here to help us, cause if he hadn’t, that puppy probably would have died.»
Because this is a serious problem, the Pensacola Police Department posted a warning on their Facebook page to pet owners. It basically reminded them that leaving your pets in extreme heat is against the law. Doing so will result in your animal being removed and you receiving a citation.
Fortunately this puppy made it out alive. The owner received a citation, but the dog was ultimately given back to its owner because it was not yet weaned from its mother.