Cop gives rescued dog a home

“A month ago, this sweet doggo was rescued after his owner left him in his hot locked car for hours; yesterday, one of its rescuers, Officer Maharaj, adopted him,” the 19th Precinct announced Wednesday.

The precinct shared a photo of the officer with the very happy dog, who appeared to be smiling up at her:

The dog was found trapped inside a hot car last month after neighbors saw the animal inside the vehicle parked on 88th Street.

The car had reportedly been there for over two hours, and residents called 911 for help.

The 19th Precinct shared video footage of the June 18 rescue, and one officer was seen gently breaking the car’s window to get inside.

“That dog’s so happy,” someone behind the camera said, adding, “She’s even got a leash on.”

Officers brought the small white dog out of the car, and it appeared grateful to them for their efforts:

After the dog was taken to the vet the 26 year old owner of the vehicle was charged with animal cruelty according to police. Not long after the officer adopted the pup. 

The American Kennel Club released a statement that “You should NEVER leave a dog alone in the car, even with the windows cracked. In some states, it’s even illegal,” the organization advises. Tempatures can rise to dangerous levels in the heat, putting the dogs life in danger.

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