The little animal was stuck inside the sweltering vehicle and appeared to be in some distress before it was rescued by the officer
This is the dramatic moment a policeman is forced to smash through the window of a sweltering car to save the life of a tiny puppy trapped inside.
Bodycam footage shows Officer Anthony Giorgio, from Pensacola Police Department in Florida, breaking the glass with his baton as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy whimpers desperately inside.
Reports suggest the outside temperature was 94F – or 34C – when the puppy was discovered.
Witnesses told the officers that the animal had been trapped in the car for at least half an hour before it was rescued.
Officer Giorgio told WKRG News: “I put my hand in the car and could feel that it was hotter inside the car than outside, I called my sergeant and let him know what I had, and he instructed me to make entry and I broke the window with my police baton.”
Veterinarian Mark Sprayberry, who treated the puppy, said he believed the animalwould have died in the police officer hadn’t come to its rescue.
The Pensacola Police Department later posted pictures of the rescue on Facebook with the comment: “Don’t. Just don’t.
“If you leave your dog in a hot car and that dog is suffering, we will do whatever we have to do to free him. Or her.
“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.