NEWARK, N.J. (WABC) — Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates and her crew spotted a dog left out in the cold in Newark Thursday evening. She and her crew stopped back several times to see if the dog had been taken inside, but it had not and they noticed that the dog was shivering in the cold. Yates tweeted a message to Newark Mayor Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Eyewitness News reporter Darla Miles also retweeted her tweet to her followers.
Booker saw the tweets and responded to the scene where he found the dog shaking in the cold outside. “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,” Mayor Cory Booker said.
Mayor Booker loaded the dog into a police car and they called the dog’s owners to tell them that it was unacceptable to leave the dog outside in the cold for so long in freezing weather.
The owner was reached on the phone and told the mayor and police that he was a half hour away and was going to bring the dog inside. He said that he was in Queens and had no idea that “Cha Cha” the dog had gotten outside. It was all a big mistake and he was grateful the mayor saved his dog as she is a new mom and is taking care of her litter of puppies.