Newark Mayor Cory Booker Comes to Freezing Dog's Aid

01/25/2013 at 12:55 PM EST

Cory Booker Rescues Frozen Dog Left Outside in Newark
Newark Mayor Cory Booker
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Have no fear, Cory Booker is here!

When Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates spotted several dogs left outside in the cold in Newark, N.J., on Thursday afternoon, she Tweeted at Newark's mayor to let him know.

"Make pet owners get their dogs out of the cold. Saw 2 dogs freezing," Yates wrote – and Booker answered.

Less than four hours later, the mayor was on the scene, arriving with a police escort to help secure the shivering animal.



"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," Booker told Eyewitness News. "Hypothermia on any animal including a human animal will set in pretty quickly. So this is very sad."

After loading the dog into a police car to warm it up, Booker contacted the dog's owner, who was reached on the phone and said he had no idea how his pet, named Cha Cha, had managed to get outside, but that he would be there soon to reclaim him.

The mayor's latest act of heroism comes less than a year after he rescued his neighbor from a house fire. Booker had come home to find the house ablaze, and despite protests from his security officers, ran into the home and carried the woman to safety from the second floor.

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