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Man Falls In Love With Puppy He Saved From Hot Car — But Isn't Allowed To Keep Him

The man who saved a puppy from a sweltering car at a baseball stadium last week won't be allowed to take him home.

Michael Warner's bid to keep the dog he pulled panting from a parked car was foiled by one devilish detail: The city where he lives enforces breed-specific legislation.

In other words, the puppy, being a pit bull type, isn't welcome in Independence, Missouri.

"We found out he lives in Independence, so the puppy could not be adopted to him, because pit bulls are not allowed in Independence," Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project told the Kansas City Star.

On June 19, Warner and his friend Josh Lee were leaving a game at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium early due to the heat - temperatures were around 90 degrees without a cloud in the sky.

But while exiting the stadium, they heard a dog whimpering from a parked car.

"First I was like, there better not be a baby in a car," Warner told Fox 4 News. "I walked over and started looking through cars. I found this blue car that had a little puppy in the back seat."

With help from stadium employees, Warner wedged the window open and got the dog out.

For the dog, who was pictured in Warner's arms, it seemed like love at first lick.

But one of the stadium staffers ended up taking the dog home for the night since Kansas City Pet Project was closed that day. When the dog's original owner declined to take the puppy, the rescue turned to Warner as a potential adopter - only to learn that his hometown enforced a pit bull ban.

All was not lost for the wayward animal, however. The stadium staffer who took the dog home has offered to give him a forever home.

"Would I like to adopt him? Yes," Warner told the Kansas City Star. "But the fact that he's going to a good home is important."

The dog's original owner was cited for "failure to provide adequate care," which could result in a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

But the real violation here, as is too often the case, is breed-specific legislation, which keeps countless dogs from having a happy ending. Such laws ban the ownership of certain dogs, all because of a misconception that they might be dangerous.

There's also a worldwide protest against breed-specific legislation planned for July 16. Visit the Facebook page here.