Officers and firefighters in Roswell, Georgia came to the rescue of two small dogs trapped inside of a 167 degree hot car over the 4th of July weekend. When police officers were called to the parking lot of Studio Movie Grill located on Holcomb Bridge Road on July 2, at the height of the afternoon heat, the Good Samaritan who had called the authorities via 911 was told she did the right thing.
According to the Facebook page of the Roswell Police Department’s video, the windows of the car had been partially open, however the officer measured the temperature on both the front and rear of the interior of the car as 167 and 161 degrees. The dogs had been in the car of over an hour. In the video made by the Roswell Police Department, one of the dogs feverishly barked and whined; the little guy had become so distressed and frightened from the intense heat, he acted aggressively. The second dog had taken refuge under the front seat – desperately trying to escape the direct sunlight as the car had been parked in an area with absolutely no shade.
As one of the dogs was coaxed out using a catch pole because he was so aggressive and scared, he suffered a heat related seizure. Members of the fire department used water to attempt to cool him down. And when the owner of the dogs finally arrived, after emergency announcements were made in the movie theater, the owner wanted to know what happened to her dog as the poor pooch yelped, whined and fell over on his side in the parking lot.
“Jesus Christ,” the officer is heard saying in the video. “He was left in a hot car,” he told the owner.
The owner admitted she had not checked on her dogs while she and her family were sitting comfortably in an air-conditioned theater.
“I think that we got here just in time to save these animals lives,” one officer stated.
The woman thanked the officers for saving her dogs. She has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty. Both dogs were taken to an emergency veterinary hospital and have since been treated and released. The dogs are in the care of Fulton Animal Control.
“A concerned citizen noticed a dog suffering in a hot car and called 911. The first officer arrived in 18 seconds. What you are about to see is actual bodycam footage of the rescue and medical treatment of two dogs suffering from heat stroke.
Help us spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets inside of a hot vehicle. If you see an animal trapped inside of a hot car, call 9-1-1, so that a tragedy can be avoided.”
If convicted on the two counts of animal cruelty, the owner of the dogs, identified as Shaquanda Cole, could face a fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail.
(Photos of dogs trapped in 167 degree heat via Roswell Police Department)
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Posted by Roswell Police Department on Wednesday, July 5, 2017