Fearing for the puppy's health, both due to malnutrition and a skin condition, the officers then wrapped him up in a towel and carried him to get treatment at the Oradell Animal Hospital. On the way, the pup - who they named Pax - showered them with affection, perhaps out of gratitude for ending his sad ordeal.
"They almost forgot how sick he was because his frail body was hidden by the comfy towel and he never stopped kissing them," the shelter wrote. "When they arrived and unwrapped him, he began wiggling again. He was so happy, his tail wagging furiously - all the while the rescuers were in tears as he tipped over again and again from weakness [...]"