Pensacola, Fla. Passersby called the police when they heard the yelps of what looked like a newly-born puppy left inside a car parked outside the Cordova Mall in more than 90-degree weather, according to ABC 7 News.

When Officer Anthony Giorgio arrived at the scene, he could hear the cries of the puppy through a cracked window. He attempted to reach into the car through the crack, but was unsuccessful. Giorgio called his sergeant, who instructed him to “get in it,” which he did by cracking the car’s window using his baton.

Captain Davis of the Pensacola Police Department told ABC 7 News that “the heat index that day was 108 degrees, and he estimates it was between 140 to 160 degrees inside the car.” The puppy was so young, her eyes were not yet open. She would have surely perished if not quickly saved.

The puppy’s owners returned to find their car window broken, the police standing nearby and the puppy gone because she was taken to animal control. ABC 7 News reported that as “first offenders,” they were civilly cited and will have to pay a penalty of $150 to the Escambia County Animal Services. Had the puppy died, the couple would have faced criminal charges.

The puppy’s owners leaving their pet in a hot vehicle is baffling. What’s exasperating is when confronted by Giorgio about the incident, they not only appeared indifferent with respect to the puppy’s well-being, but perturbed by the inconvenience.

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After the incident, a photo of the puppy in distress was posted on Pensacola Police Department’s facebook page, which quickly went viral. Along with the photo was the following post:

“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.”

 

Source: Pensacola Police Department’s Facebook page
This has become a very real serious issue. No matter how much publicity is out there about the dangers of leaving a pet in the car unattended, people are just not listening. California has introduced a bill, called “The Right to Rescue Act” (Assembly Bill 797), which would allow Good Samaritans to legally “use means, such as smashing a window, to rescue dogs who are left in hot vehicles,” according to ABC 7 News. If the bill is passed, it would be embraced by California animal-lovers. Let’s hope it passes and that other states will follow suit.