The owner of a Springer spaniel who left her dog panting in a boiling car in St. Ives, Cornwall, screamed at a Good Samaritan for smashing the window of her car to save her dog after he was seen struggling to breathe in a crate in the back of a sports vehicle. The dog had been locked in the car for an hour and a half as the woman left to get pizza.
According to the Metro, the dog’s owner had left her dog in the vehicle for the extended amount of time to go to Pizza Express. When she returned to her car she started to scream at Good Samaritan Clive Oxley.
“There is no reason at all to leave a dog in that state. But for something as insignificant as going for pizza is unbelievable,” Oxley stated.
By the time the woman returned, police had arrived and she soon admitted her dog could have died. Authorities estimated the temperature inside the vehicle had exceeded 125 degrees, and the dog left in the cage had no access to water or fresh air.
“You could not even touch the roof of the car; it was a flipping boiling car,” Oxley added. “I had to smash the window and get the dog out. I would do what I did again any time if I needed to. I would tell anyone in my situation – just smash it and get it (pet) out. It was virtually breathless when we finally got it out.”
The woman was able to take her dog for a walk down the street, and soon her husband showed up – all of them heading to the police station. Both Devon and Cornwall police stated people do have the right to break into a car if they believe the pet is in distress. And again, as we head towards summer, the completely preventable reason too many pets die in hot cars begins again. Leave your dog at home in the summer; save his life and think of your pet first!
(Photos of dog left in boiling car screenshots via Metro)
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