"Don't. Just don't."

That's what the Pensacola police advised on Facebook after they had to bust the window of a car to rescue a tiny puppy who was locked inside amid the Florida heat.

The post reminded that officers will do "whatever we have to do" to remove a dog from a locked car if the pooch appears to be suffering.


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In this case, an officer broke the passenger's side window in order to remove the cute little guy, who was spotted in a mall parking lot.

They explained in the viral 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.

Officer Anthony Giorgio told WEAR-TV that he was dispatched to the mall to look into two reports of dogs locked in hot cars. In the first incident, the owners returned quickly. 

In the case of the small puppy, he said a window was slightly open, but he couldn't see the pup and could only hear faint barking.

After breaking the window, Giorgio and bystanders pitched in to give the dog cold water and make sure it cooled down quickly. 


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The puppy survived and was returned to its owner, who received a $150 fine for animal cruelty. Police said the owner would have faced criminal charges if the dog had died. 

The officer's body-cam video showed him giving the citation to the man and woman who returned to the vehicle.


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