Puppy saved from hot car after police break window, 2 arrested

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) – Two people have been arrested after police said they left a puppy in a hot car for two hours.

On Tuesday, just before 7 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Mall of Georgia after a 911 caller told the dispatcher that she heard a dog inside a vehicle panting and crying.

The officers met with the 911 caller along with mall security next to a parked black BMW. They could hear the dog crying.  

When the officer tried to peek inside the car, he noticed the smell of marijuana and saw a small white and tan puppy hiding under the passenger seat. The puppy was crying, panting, and breathing heavily.

After observing that the outdoor temperature was about 90 degrees, the officer used his expandable baton and broke the passenger window of the vehicle.

Gwinnett County Ordinance 10-53 states, “A law enforcement officer may use any force necessary to remove any animal locked in a closed vehicle when the ambient temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or above outside the vehicle.  If the vehicle is damaged during such removal, the law enforcement officer shall not be liable for any damage to the vehicle.”

The officer got Coco some water and immediately placed her in an air-conditioned patrol car.

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