After a month of rehabilitation, a dog trapped in a hot car on a hot summer day in New York City has found a new home with the NYPD officer who saved him.
Snow, the adorable American Eskimo puppy, was discovered in a locked car with the windows closed by numerous worried New Yorkers back in June.
Officers responded to many reports and later uploaded a film of Snow’s rescue, which included shattering the front passenger window to liberate him, followed by treats and lots of water.
“Hot car, hot dog rescue – thanks to concerned New Yorkers who observed this puppy confined in a car for more than two hours and contacted 911! Our officers arrived to find the car turned off, the windows closed, and a distressed dog,” a user posted a video on Twitter.
This pup will never be neglected again!
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
— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) July 27, 2022
“They busted the window, got the puppy out, and took him to the vet. The criminal inquiry is ongoing.”
While it was initially thought that Snow had been in the car for about two hours, the ASPCA, which took him in and nursed her back to health, believes it was more like 24 hours.
Temperatures were estimated to be in the mid-80s that day, with the precinct adding that in that kind of temperature, it only takes 10 minutes for a locked car to reach a lethal 102 degrees inside.
Aruna Maharaj, one of the cops who rescued Snow, kept in touch with the ASPCA throughout his treatment and rehabilitation, and in a poignant moment late last month, she chose to adopt him and give him the life he deserves.
“This adorable doggo was rescued a month ago when his owner left him in his hot, locked car for hours; yesterday, one of its rescuers, Officer Maharaj, adopted him!” the precinct tweeted. “Thank you for taking such amazing care of this happy pup, @ASPCA!”
While Maharaj had no intention of adopting a pet, the ASPCA characterized what happened during the rescue as “love at first sight.”
“She quickly brought him into her car, where he sat on her lap, kissed her face, and refused to leave her company,” an ASPCA spokeswoman stated.
According to the ASPCA, Snow has swiftly adjusted to his new surroundings, where he is growing used to having a large backyard to play in, a nearby park to walk to, and a cat for a brother.