One of 13 dogs dead after being found locked in hot car

One of 13 dogs who was discovered locked in a hot car in Ellisville, Mo. According to KPLR News, employees at the Post-Dispatch Distribution Center called for help after discovering the dogs inside of the parked vehicle on a hot day.

Though the 13 dogs were pulled out of the car and doused in cool water, the sweltering heat proved to be too much for one dog who ultimately died from heat stroke – his temperature at an area veterinary clinic registered at 107 degrees. One other dog who had to be treated for heat-related complications recovered.

After the dogs were rescued from the car

All of the dogs have been taken to St. Louis County Animal Control and their owner is facing multiple charges for the cruel situation. Detective Joey Nickles with the Ellisville Police Department told the news agency, “We are looking at animal abuse charges and pretty serious misdemeanor charges. We are looking at 13 counts.”

What to do when you see a dog trapped inside of a hot car

If you see a dog trapped inside of a hot car you should note the make, model and color (and license plate number) of the car and go into nearby businesses to see if the owner can be found. If the vehicle is parked away from businesses, call the authorities and/or a local animal welfare agency. Be sure to stay with the vehicle until help arrives. Many states have passed laws which allow good Samaritans to break out a car window in life or death situations. Be aware of your local laws and respond accordingly to the situation.

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8 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is disgusting, who puts 13 dogs in a hot car and leaves them? I hope they throw the book at these morons why do people have animals if this is the way they treat them?

  2. Marni Montanez says:

    I hate this!! I absolutely hate this! where do these ignorant people come from????????? It’s such a non brainer that heat and fur is a dangerous combination. Oh my gosh! I can’t even stand how stupid this is.

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  4. Red says:

    I hope you NAIL this idiot, and PLEASE DO NOT RETURN any of the animals!! This sick monster needs to be given a life time ban on EVER owning or living in the same house as a pet. Put him/her behind bars and also issued a HUGE FINE!!!!!!!!!!
    Why in the hell were 13 dogs in ONE CAR in the first place!?!?!?

  5. susispot says:

    Who has 13 dogs in a car in the heat of the day? I’m glad they were removed from this idiot. I hope they will find better homes…please, God?

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    How about serious FELONY animal abuse charges? What is with this misdemeanor crap? Whoever this brain dead person is that left these poor animals to suffer needs to feel the full wrath of the public – print their name, address and let them deal with the backlash. I propose hogtying the maggot and stuffing them in a trash compactor – good riddance to the street trash.


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