Even in the middle of the summer; even with multiple news articles and television news stations reporting the news of dogs left in hot cars barely surviving and dying, pet owners continue to leave their best friends in parked cars with no air conditioning. This time a Chihuahua was rescued out of a hot car parked near the zoo. How is it that people who claim to love their dogs so much continue with this alarming and dangerous behaviors?
On Tuesday came the scary story out of St. Louis, Missouri where a Chihuahua had to be rescued from a blue Ford Explorer after the dog in distress had been spotted by two girls. The vehicle had been parked near the St. Louis Zoo, and the girls notified a zoo official about the worrisome situation. Even though the windows were cracked a few inches, the temperature inside the car registered 132 degrees. When the Humane Society of Missouri arrived, a shelter representative broke one of the windows to free the Chihuahua, named Molly.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Molly was taken to the Humane Society, where she was examined by a veterinarian. Initially her body temperature had been very high, but there was no permanent damage. That afternoon Molly’s owner, who has not been identified to the public, arrived at the Humane Society to pick up their dog. Because rescuers retrieved the dog before she was seriously hurt, no charges will be filed against the owner.
Maybe something more than a slap on the wrist when pets have to be rescued from hot cars would be a more effective deterrent?
(Photos via Humane Society of Missouri and screenshot via St. Louis Dispatch)
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