A dog was rescued from the inside of a scorching hot car on a Sunday afternoon after a woman called the police.
Christal Smith said she noticed the limp dog alone in a car with the windows barely cracked in a Walmart parking lot. The sight was “unbearable to ignore,” Smith told the Sun Journal.
She decided to wait to see if the owners of either the car or the dog would arrive. “I pulled right next to the car and sat there for a little to see if it was just someone running in quick to grab something,” Smith said.
After waiting for 20 minutes in the extreme heat, no one had arrived. Smith called the Auburn police, who showed up within minutes.
As soon as the car door was opened by the officer, the dog jumped from the hot car right into Smith’s vehicle. According to police, the temperature inside the car had reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
Smith told the Sun Journal that the dog looked dirty and malnourished. “She was so nervous and skittish, she jumped out and hid under my car,” she said. The rescue team attempted to lure the dog out with dog treats, but the pup refused to leave Smith’s car.
The police took the dog to a shelter in Auburn shortly after. Although Smith wasn’t happy about the condition the she was leaving the dog in, she was glad the dog was “out of that scorching hot car,” she said.
According to the ASPCA, on a 85 degree Fahrenheit day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit. A car may overheat even when the windows are left open a couple of inches, and shady areas provide little protection for dogs in hot cars.
Anyone who sees dogs in hot cars should contact the police or fire department immediately, as it can be a life or death situation for the dog.
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