Dog left panting and barking on hot balcony for hours is rescued by first-responders

To the cheers of a quarter, two police officers climbed a fire ladder on Sunday and rescued a dog that had been stranded on a hot balcony all afternoon.

Brick Township Police Department officers Scott Smith and Joe Lardieri were called to the 200 block on Sawmill Road at around 4:10 p.m. because a dog was in distress on a third floor balcony.

“Officers observed the dog, a breed of pit bull that was panting heavily and barking in direct sun,” said Police Sgt. Jim Kelly said in an email.

Nobody answered when the officers knocked on the front door. After several attempts to contact a resident, Smith used a laser thermometer to determine the building’s surface temperature to be 110 degrees.

Smith and Ladieri then contacted the Herbertsville Fire Department, who delivered a ladder to the residence and placed it against the balcony.

“At that point, several residents were gathered outside to watch the scene,” said Kelly.

Smith climbed the ladder, stepped onto the balcony, and let the dog in through the sliding glass doors. There was cheering and applause in the neighborhood below, Kelly said.

Once inside, Smith found a woman asleep. She told police she was a roommate of the woman who owned the dog, Kelly said.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian for an emergency visit and stayed overnight for observation before being taken to a local animal shelter, Kelly said.

On Monday, police asked the dog’s owner not to care for an animal, Kelly said.

“The dog has been taken out of their possession,” said Kelly. “The dog is currently safe and is being looked after at the local animal shelter.

In a statement, the officers sergeant commended the neighbors for calling 911 and the first responders for acting quickly.

“I’m just glad someone called in time so that we can get to the dog. The fire department and the guys all did a great job, ”Shepherd said.

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