Animal Rights

New Jersey Police Rescue Dog From Hot Car While Owner Was Shopping

| by Emily Smith

An English bulldog was rescued from a hot car by an officer and a bystander when its owner was nowhere to be found.

Fifi was left inside her owner’s car in Tenafly, New Jersey, on Monday when a passerby noticed her and alerted police. Luckily, she was removed from the vehicle before she was seriously harmed.

“The dog was within five minutes of passing out in the passenger seat,” Robyn Urman, a hair stylist, told ABC News. “The windows weren’t cracked at all and that car had to be more than 100 degrees.”

Two people had entered Urman’s salon and reported that a dog was drooling and panting inside a black Mercedes SUV just outside the shop. When Urman, who also owns PetResQ Inc., searched unsuccessfully for the owner in various stores, she resorted to social media.

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Urman took photos of Fifi inside the car and posted them to her own Facebook page.

“Lucky for that dog, the cops showed up quickly when I called 911,” Urman said. “The cop noticed how in distress Fifi was and was able to unlock the door.”

Urman then gave Fifi a drink of water and splashed water over the dog to cool her off. Urman began walking the dog up and down the block to find the owner, but Fifi’s master was still nowhere to be found.

Some 40 minutes after Urman first found Fifi, the dog’s owner finally emerged from a CVS store.

The woman immediately confronted Urman and shouted at her for touching her dog. The woman claimed that she had been watching Fifi from the store the entire time, although the CVS store had heavily tinted windows.

Fifi’s owner was not ticketed at the scene. Police warned the owner about animal cruelty laws and said that they were referring the incident to the SPCA, NorthJersey.com reported.

Sources: ABC News, NorthJersey.com

Photo Credit: Robyn Urman via ABC News