Cory Booker, the current mayor of Newark, N.J., was recently applauded for saving a dog in Newark, N.J., from the brutal temperatures the area has this time of year.
While some may wonder why anyone would leave a dog or other pet outside during winter weather, this is common in many areas.
The report posted on Mashable.com included the following details:
Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., who's become an Internet legend for his Twitter antics and real-world heroics, added another act of valor to his resume Thursday: He saved a freezing dog left in the cold during a below-zero night.
The dog was brought to Booker's attention by local WABC reporter Toni Yates, who tweeted a plea for help to the mayor. Yates was using Twitter to help residents without heat, while Booker had been tweeting to advise people about staying warm
A follow-up post let readers learn the story about the owners:
Booker put the dog in a heated police car, called its owners and scolded them for leaving the dog outside. The owners said they were away from home and didn't know how the dog, named Cha Cha, got out of the house. They apologized to Booker.
Those with pets can understand how easy it is for a cat or dog to escape to the great outdoors and not be noticed immediately.
In many areas of the country, groups such as Freedom Fences and Coalition to Unchain Dogs will volunteer their efforts to protect dogs from the elements. Dog houses, fences, hay and more are donated to dog owners not in a financial position to do these projects alone.