First he rescued a woman from a burning building, then he gave people shelter, food and blankets in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy; and now Newark Mayor Cory Booker has rescued a stranded dog from freezing to death.
A reporter and camera crew noticed the dog sitting out in the cold while they were out working on a story. They noticed hours later that the dog was still there. That’s when the reporter took to Twitter to alert the mayor, who is extremely active on the social network.
“Make pet owners get their dogs out of the cold,” WABC-TV reporter Toni Yates tweeted. She later asked Booker to “do something, call someone.”
And he did.
Shortly after the messages were posted, Booker showed up at the scene, took the pooch in his arms and personally rescued the dog.
“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,” the mayor told WABC. “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.”
Booker then called the dog’s owners and told them it was unacceptable to leave the dog outside in freezing weather. As it turns out, the owners were away in Queens, N.Y. and apparently didn’t know their dog had gotten outside. They thanked the mayor for saving their dog.
In April, Booker and his security detail went into a burning house to rescue a stranded woman. Booker carried the woman out of the house on his shoulder.
Booker also showed up to the scene of a car accident in June to assist.