NYPD Cop Adopts Dog She Helped Rescue from Hot Car

Who says there’s never a cop around when you need one? Certainly not the dog NYPD cops had rescued from a sweltering car. But it didn’t end at the rescue. According to People Magazine, “Officer Aruna Maharaj recently adopted a dog she helped rescue from a hot car in June.”


For over two hours, the dog remained locked in the car, at extreme risk of death. Officer Maharaj’s assigned 19th Precinct tweeted, “This pup will never be neglected again!” They also posted “a photo of the elated canine greeting his new mom.”

The precinct also posted, “A month ago, this sweet doggo was rescued after his owner left him in his hot locked car for hours; yesterday, one of its rescuers, Officer Maharaj, adopted him! Thank you @ASPCA for taking such good care of this lucky pup!”


The officers who responded to the pup in distress, including Officer Maharaj, broke out the front passenger’s window to get the dog out of the hot car. They gave the pup water, a treat, and then brought the dog to a vet for medical care.

Police said with temperatures in the mid-80s, in 10 minutes the vehicle’s interior temperature could reach “a deadly 102 degrees.” As mentioned previously, the dog had been in the car for over two hours.

Police said it’s illegal to leave a pet unattended in a car with the windows rolled up in hot temperatures and added, “Thankfully the pup was rescued & is being cared for.”

There was no word on whether police located the car’s or dog’s owner or if any enforcement actions will be taken.

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