It was barely 10-degrees in Manhattan on Saturday evening when policemen felt compelled to break into a car and rescue a freezing chihuahua shaking uncontrollably.
According to the New York Post, witness Matteo Prandoni said the tiny pooch named Mary would have died had the cops not intervened.
“The dog was in such a shock and freezing he didn’t bark, Matteo told the Post. “The dog got as close as possible to the jacket of the officer (who helped rescue him) to look for warmth.”
Haoyang Chen, 23, has been identified as the owner of the freezing pup and was charged on Sunday with the illegal confinement of an animal in a vehicle. He has been ordered to appear in court on February 23. Chen adopted the dog with his girlfriend at the beginning of December and claims he loves the pup and would never do anything to risk her safety. He claimed the dog was not freezing, but shakes when she is scared of strangers.
“She is different from other dogs. Mary always feels scared and shakes,” Chen stated.
First Precinct officers were flagged down by a concerned passerby who saw the dog locked in the blue Saab and was worried about the animal’s welfare. A NYPD Emergency Service Unit managed to pry the car door open to rescue the dog. A note was left in the vehicle for the owner to report to the 1st Precinct station. Many thanks to our men and women in blue for helping everyone in danger.
Mary has been placed with Animal Care and Control. Chen says he will try to get Mary returned to him.
So we have a tiny short-haired chihuahua in a vehicle shivering in 10-degree weather and she wasn’t in danger of hypothermia? You be the judge. Please keep comments civil.
(Photos -screenshot via Matteo Prandoni)