Thanks to an observant passerby, and the help of police officers in Merriam, Kansas, a young puppy, estimated to be just one-month-old, was saved from a parked vehicle on a sweltering hot day. On July 11, the Merriam Police Department uploaded video of the rescue effort, which took place on Monday in the parking lot of a home improvement store.
The tiny puppy was first spotted by Scott Poore, who works with an area animal shelter. Poore used his cell phone to capture video of what was taking place – he noted that he had reached out to the police for help, but would be breaking out one of the vehicle’s windows if help did not arrive in time, reported WTSP News.
Responding officers were able to use a tool to open a door to the SUV and the young pup, who was being held inside of a milk crate, was removed and quickly wrapped in a cool towel and offered water. The owner of the puppy returned to her vehicle to find an angry group of spectators – she too, was angry and according to Poore, she yelled at the police officers who were saving her puppy from the vehicle’s hot interior.
Though it was in the 90s on the day of the rescue, and over 100 degrees inside of the vehicle, the puppy suffered no long-term injury. The puppy’s owner, whose name has not been released, was cited, but retained custody of her pup.
(Photos, screenshots via WTSP News/Inside edition/Scott Poore)