Cops Smash Window To Save Puppy In Hot Car

After saving a newborn puppy from a sweltering car, police in Pensacola, Florida, aren't mincing words for anyone who thinks leaving pets in cars is a good idea.

"Don't. Just don't," the Pensacola Police Department wrote on its Facebook page. "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."

It seems police officers did just that on Tuesday, posting a picture of a smashed window and a puppy who was freed from a steaming car.

The temperature in Pensacola hit 91 degrees yesterday, more than hot enough to be fatal for pets left in cars, whether the windows are rolled down or not.

In fact, even if it's only in the low 70s outside, the temperature inside a car can surge to 116 degrees within an hour, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

The puppy was returned to her owner after police issued citations.

"It was still with its mother and we determined that the best thing for it was to be with its mother," Joy Tsubooka, a spokesperson for Escambia County, where the puppy was found, told Channel 3 News.

But Pensacola officers added this warning:

"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. You will both receive attention, food, and shelter, albeit different kinds. So, don't."

Dogs should never be left alone in the car. We've seen the tragic results too many times.

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