Over and over again, we hear tragic reports of animals dying inside hot vehicles.
By now, we should all know just how dangerous and irresponsible it is to leave any living thing locked in a car with no way to get out.
But some people evidently either still don’t understand this very basic fact, or they just don’t care, because pets keep dying and getting hurt.
A police officer in New Mexico grew deeply concerned when he spotted a heavily panting dog locked in a hot car.
The car was parked in a parking lot outside a grocery store and when the pup’s owner, Shelly Nicholas, returned, she found Officer Vincent Kreischer waiting by the car.
Officer Kreischer questioned why she would leave her pup in such a hot car but Nichols waved the severity of her actions away and claimed she’d only been gone a few minutes and said that it wasn’t that hot.
But when Officer Kreischer measured the temperature inside the car, he found that that it was 114F(45C).
Despite the seriousness of the situation, Nichols remained antagonistic and even laughed at the officer.
Officer Kreischer decided to write Nichols a citation for animal cruelty.
He then suggested to Nichols that since she didn’t think it was “that” hot in the car, she could wait inside the car while he wrote the ticket.
Nichols did not appreciate this and later filed a complaint against Officer Kreischer in which she claimed that he had abused her and her family and forced them to sit in the hot car.
Thankfully, Officer Kreischer was wearing a lapel camera during the encounter which disproved her accusations.
Nichols was completely unconcerned with the safety and well-being of her pup and instead of taking responsibility for her actions, she decided to antagonize Officer Kreischer.
We’re very grateful that there are people like Officer Kreischer out there who truly care for animals and their well-being, and who do their best to protect them from neglectful, thoughtless or straight-up cruel pet owners.
Our pets love us unconditionally and the least we can do is make sure that they never have to suffer needlessly.
They bring so much love and joy into our lives, and we should bring them just as much love and joy in return.
Watch how the cop handled the situation in this video
Though Nichols may have been upset, everyone else agrees that Kreischer did the right thing.