Despite the warnings issued by police and other animal professionals about the perils of leaving your pet unattended in a hot car, there are still those who choose to not heed them.
If left alone long enough, the consequences for a lonely, helpless animal locked inside a vehicle are most certainly fatal.
Thankfully, one puppy was saved from this horrible fate. The young puppy was discovered alone in a closed vehicle. The temperature had soared to a melting 91 degrees. Pensacola Florida police smashed the window to rescue him.
As a result of their actions, the puppy’s owners received citations. And even though the puppy was saved from what would’ve been certain death if not for the police, he was returned to those who cruelly left him in the hot car.
How could the police do such a terrible thing? Why return a puppy to those who left him to die?
Joy Tsubooka, a spokesperson for Escambia County explained the reasoning of the police to Channel 3 News: “It was still with its mother and we determined that the best thing for it was to be with its mother.”
Why rescue an animal and return them to their owner who neglected them in the first place? Who’s to say this won’t happen again? This puppy was saved once, yes.
There’s no guarantee he’ll be so lucky if there’s a next time. Should the age of an animal matter when deciding what to do after this happens?
Are there other options for helping very young, abandoned puppies still dependent on their mothers?
“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 Pensacola Police Department warned on their Facebook page.
“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,” they added. “You will both receive attention, food, and shelter, albeit different kinds.”
The puppy’s owner received citations, but the county animal shelter didn’t decide what was to happen with the puppy.
Do you think the police regret not removing the pooch from their owner after all? Do you think this latest case involving the rescue of a dog from a hot car was handled properly? What are the chances of that puppy being left in a hot car again?
Do you think the county shelter should intervene and take the dog away because of the neglect?
If you don’t agree with the police decision to return the puppy to its owner, what should have the officers done instead? Tell us in the comments.