Boynton Beach police officers break car window to rescue dog in 110 degree heat

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If you live in South Florida in the summer, how can you not know that leaving a dog in a car is both cruel and a crime? On Saturday, two Boynton Beach police officers broke the back window of a vehicle to save a dog from 110 degree heat inside of a  locked vehicle.

According to the Facebook page of the Boynton Beach Police Department, a Good Samaritan called 911 at 10:30 a.m. to report a dog had been left in a light blue Buick parked in a shopping center. The car had been turned off, the windows were up and the temperatures were soaring. When police arrived, they tried to find the dog’s owner, but with no success. Sgt. John Dunlop used his baton to break the window and rescue the dog.

Fifteen minutes later, the dog’s owner appeared and told authorities she had just left the dog park with her rescue dog and pulled into the bank. Because the drive-in section was closed, she said she had to walk to the main section of the bank – leaving her dog in the car. She should have known better. The dog’s owner was cited for violation of Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22, Section 24 … dog left unattended in vehicle. Animal Cruelty Investigator Liz Roehrich also educated the woman about the dangers of leaving her dog in the extreme heat and told her she was very lucky her dog survived.

Never assume you can leave your pet inside of an unattended vehicle even for a few minutes. Surely, we have all sat in cars with the engines and the air-conditioning turned off and realize just how quickly a car can heat up to deadly temperatures. Remember our dogs cannot open a window, and they only sweat through panting a slightly through their paws.

“Our advice, stop being lazy (harsh, yes but true),” the Boynton Beach Police posted. “Bring your pet home and then go back out to run whatever errands you need to do. We are animal lovers, and we’re lucky our residents and visitors are too. Special thanks to Lisa Diamond, who called 911 this morning and likely saved this dog’s life, and also took these great videos and photos.”

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Check out the rescue video. Do you think it was the right thing to do giving the dog back to his owner?

Posted by Boynton Beach Police Department on Monday, July 3, 2017



14 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    That must have been an awful long trip to the Bank, if the call was able to be made and the police showed up, couldn’t find the owner and broke the window to save the dog. I don’t know about where she lives, but around here most banks have several branches, certainly she could have found one where the drive up was opened or as the Boynton Beach Police stated “don’t be lazy”! take your dog home and come back!

  2. Alisa Clark says:

    Thank you to the person that called and reported this. And a big thank you to the officers that saved this dogs life. I hope the dog did not go back too that person because it’s clear he/she did not care about the dogs welfare

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    NO!! This dog should not be given back! There is NO EXCUSE in the entire world for this…..the warnings about leaving a pet in the car are all over the internet,all over the television and in newspapers about everyday! So unless this dog owner lives on a deserted island under a rock she was well aware of this dangerous act of torturous cruelty!!! I’m filled with anger over this story,one repeated again and again! In my opinion people are aware of this horror and STILL choose do inflict this very avoidable cruel act! Some great rescuer this woman is! THANK YOU TO THE POLICE OFFICERS AND THE WONDERFUL WOMAN WHO CALLED THEM AND SAVED THIS PRECIOUS DOG! So pissed over this cruel act!

  4. Pamela Bolton says:

    You should make the owner sit in that car They don’t seem to get the heat on there. Make them feel it.

  5. linda says:

    Unbelievable that people still are doing this knowing they’re risking the lives of their pets. Dumb asses!

  6. Darlene Dynega says:

    Thank you Lisa Diamond for alerting the police. A BIG Thank You to the police officers who demonstrated compassion by breaking the car window to rescue the dog.

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    There is NO EXCUSE for leaving any animal in a car for ANY amount of time – her excuses fall on deaf ears. What is wrong with this woman – in Florida yet where the temperatures are horrendous in the summer. She needs a massive wake up call or a smack in the head w/a 2×4. This was just plain stupid – THANKS TO THE BOYTON BEACH POLICE FOR STEPPING UP AND SAVING THIS DOG. He would have died due to his owner’s idiocy.

    • Barkley's Mom says:

      Not a muzzle that is a halti harness for easier walking on a leash. Would not inhibit the dog from panting or drinking. Bottom line, dog should never have been in the hot car!


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