Nobody, aside from perhaps the owners of a car, were upset with a Pensacola, Florida, police officer used his baton to break out a window to save a newborn puppy from dying of heatstroke. On June 28, the Pensacola Police Department posted a Facebook photo of the tiny puppy, and the broken car window, along with a warning to anyone who might consider leaving their pet locked away in harm’s way:
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.
The department added:
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 post has been wildly popular – in fact, over 15,000 people liked the post and nearly 12,000 people shared it, as of Thursday morning.
The department acknowledged the overwhelming response on Thursday:
Okay then, we severely underestimated the response to our last post. Thank you all for your likes, shares, comments, and offers to break windows for us. More importantly, the issue was raised, questions were answered and in the end we are all still friends.
Officer Anthony Giorgio is the man who broke out the window of the car which was parked at the Cordova Mall on Sunday, reported Local 15 TV News. It was hot outside that day and in the parked car, the temperature was estimated to be nearly 150 degrees.
After the tiny pup was removed from the car, he was provided with water and placed inside of Officer Giorgio’s air-conditioned patrol car…fortunately, thanks to Officer Giorgio’s prompt response, the pup survived. The owners eventually returned to their damaged car and they were given a citation. The pup, so young that he was still nursing, was returned to the owners because the Escambia County Animal Services wanted him to be reunited with the mother dog.
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