Super-Booker to the Twitter Rescue: ‘Cha-Cha Comes in from the Cold’

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Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, arrives at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

This time it was cold, not fire, threatening a Newark damsel in distress.

Still, Mayor Cory Booker knew just what to do: He swept her off her four furry feet, placed her in a police cruiser and ordered the heat cranked.

Booker, who pulled a neighbor from her burning apartment in April 2012, scored another rescue last night after Twitter posts from ABC-TV Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates alerted him to a dog shivering on a front stoop. The temperature in Newark hit a low of 11 degrees yesterday, according to AccuWeather, during a streak of sub-freezing weather that started Jan. 18.

Booker, 43, has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter, where the residents of New Jersey’s most populous city communicate with him on malfunctioning traffic signals, uncollected trash and crime. He also has formed a campaign committee in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg, 89.

Yates, who was on a news assignment, spotted the dog, which appeared to be a Rottweiler mix that had recently given birth, on the porch of a residence. She posted a message, which was retweeted by colleague Darla Miles. Booker arrived before 11 p.m. and carried the animal to a police cruiser, asking an officer to “crank up the heat.”

“This is brutal weather,” Booker said on camera. “This dog is shaking really bad.”

Owner Moises Rodriguez, interviewed by Eyewitness News, said he had been in Queens, New York, and wasn’t aware that the dog, named Cha-Cha, was outdoors. Her puppies were inside the home.

On Twitter, Booker shared the credit for the rescue with Yates: “Because of you, that dog was rescued.”

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