NYC dog finds 'forever home' with NYPD officer who rescued him from hot car
A dog that was trapped inside a hot car this summer in New York City for nearly 24 hours has reportedly found his forever home. NYPD officers rescued the pooch, a fluffy white American Eskimo, and brought him to the ASPCA Animal Recovery Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The dog, whose name is now Snow, had to be given medical attention and behavioral treatment at the center until he was ready for adoption, according to an official from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
The NYPD tweeted about the rescue last month, saying officers responded to reports from "caring New Yorkers" who alerted them about a dog locked in a hot car in the sweltering summer heat. Responding officers discovered the car was off, the windows were up, and the embattled canine inside. The ASPCA confirmed that the dog was locked inside the vehicle for at least 24 hours before officers broke one of the car's windows, rescued the pup, and brought him to the ASPCA center for treatment. The June 18 tweet also noted that a criminal investigation was underway at the time.
Hot car, hot dog rescue—thanks to caring NYers who saw this pup locked in a car for over 2 hours & called 911!— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) June 18, 2022
Our cops responded discovering the car off, windows shut & distressed dog. They broke the window, got pup out & off to a vet for care. Criminal investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/B5MdVT6UUe
Yesterday’s afternoon temps hovered in the mid 80’s & on an 85° day, it only takes 10 mins for the inside of a car to reach a deadly 102°!— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) June 18, 2022
It’s prohibited to leave an animal unattended in a car under these dangerous conditions—thankfully the pup was rescued & is being cared for. pic.twitter.com/tSS0NUFT5h
In another tweet, the NYPD 19th Precinct said the temperatures on that hot summer day were at least in the mid-80s. The authorities explained that on an 85-degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach a deadly 102 degrees. The post also noted that the law prohibits leaving "an animal unattended in a car under these dangerous conditions — thankfully the pup was rescued & is being cared for."
This pup will never be neglected again!— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) July 27, 2022
A month ago, this sweet doggo was rescued after his owner left him in his hot locked car for hours; yesterday, one of it’s rescuers, Officer Maharaj, adopted him! Thank you @ASPCA for taking such good care of this lucky pup! pic.twitter.com/F3dbH8TmV1
Aruna Maharaj, one of the NYPD officers who rescued the animal, kept in touch with the ASPCA throughout Snow's month-long recovery. An ASPCA spokesperson told Fox News that the officer and her fiancé made the adoption official just last week. "From the moment Officer Maharaj was involved in this case, she knew Snow was special," the official said. Maharaj was reportedly not looking to adopt a pet, but instantly fell in love when she rescued Snow from the hot car. "She immediately brought him into her car with the air conditioner blasting, where he sat on her lap, licked her face, and wouldn’t move from her company," the ASPCA spokesperson added.
The official explained that the dog's adoption was delayed for several weeks as he needed medical and behavioral care. Maharaj officially adopted Snow once he was cleared and brought him to her home, where the pooch now enjoys a large backyard and plays at a nearby park. The ASPCA official also said Snow was adjusting well to his new family and surroundings, while also bonding with his cat sibling at the home.