In a heartwarming rescue operation, the East Haven Fire Department in Connecticut saved a puppy trapped inside a hot car on July 27. The incident serves as a crucial reminder of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the summer months.
On Tuesday, the East Haven Fire Department received a call about a puppy in distress, locked inside a car in a parking lot. The temperature outside was a sweltering 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and the situation inside the car was even more dangerous for the young dog.
Upon arrival, the firefighters quickly assessed the situation and decided to break the car window to rescue the puppy. The entire operation was captured on video and shared on the East Haven Fire Department’s Facebook page. The video shows the firefighters carefully breaking the window and retrieving the frightened puppy from the hot car.
The puppy, a small black and white dog, was visibly shaken and panting heavily as the firefighters carried it to safety. The East Haven Fire Department provided the puppy with water and comforted it until the owner arrived on the scene.
The owner, who was reportedly inside a nearby store, was issued a citation for leaving the dog unattended in the vehicle. According to Connecticut state law, it is illegal to leave an animal in a vehicle under conditions that may endanger its health or well-being, such as extreme heat or cold.
This incident highlights the importance of never leaving pets unattended in cars, especially during the hot summer months. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the temperature inside a parked car can rise to dangerous levels within minutes, even with the windows cracked open. On a 90-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 109 degrees Fahrenheit within just 10 minutes.
Pets, especially dogs, are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses. Signs of heatstroke in dogs include excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, it is crucial to take immediate action by moving them to a cooler environment, providing water, and contacting a veterinarian.
To prevent such incidents, the AVMA recommends never leaving pets in parked cars, even for a short period. If you see an animal in distress inside a vehicle, call your local animal control agency, police, or fire department for assistance.
The East Haven Fire Department’s quick response and successful rescue of the puppy serve as a reminder of the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars and the importance of community vigilance in protecting our furry friends.
All of the Firefighters held a contest for naming this beautiful pup and the residents all picked the name Riggs, a common name for a fire truck. Mr. Riggs will now be the official support dog to provide love and joy for all of these hero firefighters who serve their community. Great job, everyone! We absolutely love happy endings.