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Newark mayor saves freezing dog

Cory Booker rescues pooch.

By Vetstreet Jan 25, 2013 4:02PM

He’s saved a woman from a house fire, shoveled the driveway of a local resident and lived on food stamps to get first-hand experience. Now, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker has saved a dog who was left out in the freezing cold temperatures for too long.

Photo: WABC / Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker saves a shivering dog.A reporter and crew for New York’s WABC saw the dog on the front step of a home in Newark on Thursday night and stopped back several times to check on her, then Tweeted Booker about the situation.

Booker responded to the scene and loaded the shaking dog into a warm police car while he called her owner to say it was unacceptable to keep Cha Cha the dog outside in the cold for that long.

The owner claimed to have no idea how Cha Cha got outside and returned home.

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“This is brutal weather … you just can't leave your dogs out here on a day like this and go away and expect them to be O.K.," Booker said.

— Watch it at New York’s WABC

Photo: WABC / Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker saves a shivering dog.

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Jan 27, 2013 7:47PM
A very admirable thing to do. But don't judge this woman too quickly - maybe she really didn't know how the dog got out!! I had a Houdini dog once - she'd escape after I left for work, then return right before I got home. I swear she looked at her watch. Don't take the dog away from her until you find out more about her. I'm glad the dog's safe and warm for now.
Jan 27, 2013 7:24PM
Please don't return the dog to that owner, they don't care about him. Or if they do return him, I hope they follow up to make sure he's being taken care of. Some people shouldn't have pets OR kids! Thank you Mayor for your humanity!
Jan 27, 2013 6:59PM
Jan 27, 2013 4:59PM

 I am so thankful he was saved.And she should be charged with animal cruelty.But I pray for this poor fur baby that she wasn't taken to a kill shelter.


Jan 27, 2013 4:24PM
He is a mayor we all wish we had....Go, Cory!
Jan 27, 2013 4:10PM
I ADORE THIS MAN - to bother to go out of his way - for a pet freezing on a slab of cement - HE IS A WONDERFUL man. Forever - I hope he stays this compassionate forever.
Jan 27, 2013 3:58PM
thank god someone cares more about others before himself. thank you for being a angel and bringing the poor dog into your nice warm car and getting on the owner for being careless and leaving the poor animal outside. Hopefully the owner get nailed and i think he should keep on checking this dog to make sure shes alright. this is a type of man who deserves respect for the things he's doing. you dont see too many people lwho go out of their way to help people and animals.
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