Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker also briefly played animal control officer Thursday night, helping a neighborhood dog escape the harsh winter after being alerted to the situation via Twitter.
Booker came to the dog’s rescue after WABC-TV reporter Toni Yates contacted him on the messaging service. Yates said she and her photographer noticed the dog, Cha Cha was stuck outside her home in the cold for hours.
The mayor, already known for being an active Twitter user, soon arrived and placed Cha Cha inside a police patrol car while tracking down the owner, telling officers, “If you could crank up that heat, I’d appreciate it.”
“You just can’t leave your dogs out here on a day like this and go away and expect them to be ok,” Booker told the station. “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.”
Cha Cha’s owner, Moises Rodríguez, said she got out by mistake while he was in Queens.
Watch Newark’s mayor save Cha Cha from the cold, aired Thursday on WABC, below.