No matter how many times we've been warned against it, it seems every day there is a new story about a poor little dog being left alone in the unbearable heat of a locked car.
These people somehow seem to think that the rules don't apply to them--or their pets--but the truth is, leaving your canine friends in a hot car can cause them serious organ damage and even death. Why would anyone ever want to take such a risk?
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Unfortunately, a careless person from Escambia County, Florida, did exactly that to their pup. When Officer Anthony Giorgio of the Pensacola Police Department arrived on scene at a mall parking lot on a swelteringly hot summer day, he heard whimpering coming from one of the cars. After calling the situation into the station, officers broke the car window in order to save the pooch. This was definitely the right call, as temperatures inside had risen to 108 degrees!
The officers saved the day, but they didn't stop there. They decided to use this incident to teach a serious lesson.
In a post to Facebook, the police department said:
"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."
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These cops may have issued their warning with a good dose of humor, but they definitely aren't messing around when it comes to the health and safety of both people and pups alike.
via Huffington Post and WKRG.com
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