A tiny dog trapped in a suffocatingly hot car for at least two hours has a new forever home with a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who helped rescue her.

Passerby noted a tiny white dog in distress inside a locked car and called 911. Officers who arrived on scene assessed the situation, broke out one of the car’s windows, carefully routed the dog around the shattered glass, then offered her treats and water and transported her to veterinary care.

The dog sheltered briefly with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) but soon got officially adopted by Officer Aruna Maharaj, who helped rescue her.

“This pup will never be neglected again!” the NYPD Precinct 13 posted on Twitter, along with a photo of the tiny dog jumping up into Officer Maharaj’s arms. 

The department also Tweeted a reminder that a car’s interior can exceed 100 degrees in just 10 minutes on an 85 degree day and that dogs should never be left unattended in a parked car.

Authorities also have charged the dog’s owner with animal cruelty, with his case pending in the court system. 

Lady Freethinker thanks the caring passerby who chose to take action rather than leave this defenseless dog in a life-threatening situation and Officer Maharaj for stepping up to give her a loving home. It’s crucial that people always speak up and take action when they see a dog left in a hot car—that animal’s life could depend on it.

We hope the two will make many beautiful memories together in the years to come!