Two dogs left in a hot SUV and rescued by Seattle police officers after smashing a back window to free the pets were returned to their owners on Tuesday. According to King5News, the Seattle Animal Shelter cited the owner for leaving the dogs in an unattended vehicle.
Seattle Police Department were summoned to a parking lot near Pier 55 on Sunday after Good Samaritans reported two dogs in a locked SUV that appeared to be distressed from the afternoon heat. After assessing the situation, authorities determined the temperature in the vehicle registered more than 100 degrees; a police officer made the decision to break a rear window in order to free the dogs of the intense and deadly heat. With cameras rolling and a huge crowd of onlookers standing by, there was a cheer from everyone as the dogs were pulled safely out of the vehicle and transported to the shelter for exams.
The two dogs – one a Great Pyrenees mix and a pit bull mix, had been transported to the Seattle Animal Shelter to be checked out by their veterinarian staff. Both dogs showed signs of heat stress. These dogs were lucky.
Pet owners are repeatedly being warned not to be lazy and take your dogs home whenever you have to “run to the store.” It only takes moments for your vehicle to heat up to unbearable temperatures. Just imagine if it was you left in the hot vehicle with the windows rolled down only an inch? Should the dogs have been returned to their owner?
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