July 29, 2015 07:30 PM

One phone call could have changed the fate of Fifi.

The pup was left in an SUV by her owner on Monday in Tenafly, New Jersey, and a concerned citizen’s phone call to the police may have helped save the dog’s life.

According to WABC, hairstylist Robin Urman spotted the dog sitting in the Mercedes before 1 p.m. on Monday, on a day when temperatures nearly reached 90 degrees.

An officer responded to the call and determined that the English bulldog was in “distress” and used a lockout tool to open the car and remove the dog.

“I gave her water. Put water on her neck and on her feet,” said Urman, who is also the CEO of Pet ResQ Inc.

Dog walker Paul Albanese, who happened to be nearby during the ordeal, gave a leash to Urman so she could walk around looking for the dog’s owner.

“I think she shouldn’t be a dog owner if stupid enough to leave the dog in a hot car especially like yesterday or today,” said Albanese.

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Urman told WABC that it was at least 40 minutes from the time she first spotted Fifi in the car to when the dog’s owner came out of a drug store.

The 50-year-old owner was cited or issued a summons at the scene, police told WABC, but the case is being referred to the Bergen County SPCA.

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