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Officers save puppy choking on piece of cheese

Posted at 7:54 AM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 07:54:07-04

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE/CNN) - Albuquerque police officers were investigating a stolen vehicle when they found themselves trying to save a choking puppy.

Matthew Benavidez said his shift took a turn last Friday at Kick 66 gas station.

"This lady she had some puppies in her truck and I guess one of them started choking on a piece of cheese," Benavidez said.

APD officers happened to be there, investigating a stolen vehicle.

A woman in panic waved them down.

"She was really distressed about it. She was crying a lot," Benavidez said.

The puppy was limp. Officers looked into the puppy's mouth, and the woman told them he was choking.

The officers kept trying to get the puppy to breathe again by patting his back.

"It was a while before the dog was breathing and we were all standing there like just waiting," Benavidez said.

Eventually the puppy seemed to start feeling better.

Benavidez said it was nerve-racking to watch, and he commended the officers for turning their attention to a puppy in need.

Those compassionate officers were Sgt. Jim Edison and officer Jon O'Guin.

O'Guin was just honored by Albuquerque police a couple weeks ago for buying groceries for a woman in need.

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