Indianapolis Officer Adopts Dog Rescued From Hot Car

A heartwarming story has emerged from Indianapolis, Indiana, where a police officer has adopted a German shepherd he rescued from a dangerously hot car. On June 20, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Northwest District found three animals trapped in a vehicle outside the Intown Suites Hotel during sweltering temperatures in the 90s.

The pets—two dogs and a cat—were discovered in a car with windows barely cracked for ventilation. Unfortunately, one dog did not survive the ordeal. The cat’s condition remains unknown, but it was rescued along with the surviving dog, Abby.

According to hotel workers, the animals had been trapped for about three hours before Abby began honking the car’s horn, alerting passersby to their plight. IMPD Public Safety Officer Poe responded to the scene and was so moved by Abby that he later reached out to Indianapolis Animal Care Services to inquire about adopting her.

The IMPD Northwest District shared the happy news on social media: “We are happy to announce that PSO Poe has adopted the German Shepherd, Abby! Abby is already at her new FURever home and is in great hands. PSO Poe mentioned, ‘I switched her collar, and it was like Abby knew she was home for good.'”

German shepherds are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and courage, making them ideal companions. According to the American Kennel Club, they are “dogkind’s finest all-purpose worker” and a “dog lover’s delight.”

The two individuals responsible for leaving the animals in the hot car were arrested and will appear in court in July. This incident underscores the severe dangers of leaving pets in vehicles, especially in warm weather. The Humane Society of the United States advises that leaving animals in cars can be fatal. They recommend noting the vehicle’s details and contacting local authorities if you see a pet left in a car.

Officer Poe’s adoption of Abby is a silver lining in this tragic incident, showcasing the compassion and dedication of law enforcement officers. Abby now has a safe, loving home where she can thrive.