Mayor Saves Freezing Dog from Cold
February 20, 2013 | By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell via Pet360.com | 2 comments
No matter your political affiliation, you have to admire a mayor who will go out on a cold night to save a freezing dog.
According to the Examiner, Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker responded to an e-mail that a dog was outside in the freezing temperatures on Thursday night.
Toni Yates, an Eyewitness News reporter, saw the shivering dog outside in the cold and, concerned for the dog, sent a Tweet to the mayor, who has already developed a high profile reputation as a hands-on kind of public servant.
The Tweet reached another reporter and the message finally found the mayor, who immediately went to see about the dog’s welfare.
The mayor said of the incident, "This is brutal weather, this dog is shaking really bad and you just can't leave your dogs out here on a day like this and go away and expect them to be OK. Hypothermia on any animal including a human animal will set in pretty quickly. So this is very sad, you can just feel the dog shaking pretty badly."
Booker and city authorities found the owner — it was unclear if the dog was microchipped or just had tags — who said he didn’t know his pooch had escaped the house.
Cha-Cha the dog is okay today and presumably is recovering in the warmth inside.
Last April, the super hero mayor saved the life of a neighbor who was trapped inside her burning home. Booker was subjected to smoke inhalation and second degree burn injuries as he rushed into the building and pulled the woman from the blaze.
"I did not feel too heroic," Booker said at the time. "It all happened very, very quickly and I just feel very blessed that she and I got out of the building alive."
He’s also been hailed for helping neighbors shovel snow and responding to other calls for city services himself.
He may not see himself as a hero, but there are the types of people who run from burning buildings and people who run into them; there are people who will stop and help an animal in need and those who look the other way.
Good thing for Cha-Cha, that Mayor Cory Booker is one of those special humans who will take the time to help.
Editor’s Note: The photo used is not that of Cha-Cha
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