Connecticut fire department adopts dog saved from hot car

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The East Haven Fire Department adopted a new station dog named Riggs after they rescued him from a hot car a couple weeks ago.

A beagle pup has found its forever home after being rescued from a hot car by a Connecticut fire department a couple weeks ago. The special dog will serve as the department’s support animal and remain a permanent part of the crew.

Local authorities found the 6-month-old pup locked in a car near East Haven Beach, about 100 miles from Hartford, Patch reported. 

Animal control searched for the owner on the beach, but no one claimed the dog, Mayor Joseph A. Carfora told Patch. 

East Haven Fire Department was called a short time later to get the car open and pull the dog out of the car. The temperature inside the car was 122 degrees. 

Despite what the puppy endured, the local animal shelter gave him the clear. 

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Animal control brought the pup over to Town Hall to visit the mayor. The pup’s owners gave him up early Monday morning. 

The mayor’s office fielded several calls from families interested in adopting the pup, but ultimately the pup got to stay with the fire department, Patch reported.

Residents were invited to help name the station dog in a vote. Over a couple days, the department received 7,000 votes, according to the East Haven Fire Department’s Facebook page.

The fire department was “deeply grateful” to East Haven residents for taking the time to vote, Fire Chief Matt Marcarelli wrote in the post. 

 “Each vote not only solidified a name but also underscored the vital role the community plays in fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie within the fire department,” Chief Marcarelli wrote. 

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