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Colorado Springs firefighters rescue puppy from hot car

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Colorado Springs firefighters rescued a 4-month-old pit bull puppy that was trapped inside a hot car in downtown Colorado Springs Friday.

A post from the department's Twitter account showed firefighters giving the little guy water after they pulled the dog out. We spoke to CSFD, who said the dog was alone inside the car for only a few minutes. They said the driver of the car got there at the same time as firefighters.

They said they would have issued a citation if the animal was doing worse or if it had been left inside the car for a longer amount of time. They said it served as a learning experience for a first time dog owner.

As temperatures reach the nineties and triple digits in our area, be mindful not to leave kids or dogs in the car. 

Breaking into a vehicle to save a child or animal is now legal, but there are several important steps you should take before doing it.

First, make sure the vehicle is actually locked and you can't get in. Next, you have to try and make contact with the car's owner. If you can't get a hold of them you must call police. Only after these steps can you break in. 

It's not easy to break a car window especially without the proper tools. One common tool you can use is a hammer, but make sure to hit the outer corners of the window. 

After you break the window. You have to stick around and wait for officers. 

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