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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