A woman took her family for a day of fun at a Georgia water park and decided to leave her dog behind in a car which was parked outside of the recreation area. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, it was over 90 degrees on the day that the dog was left behind.
What happened to the dog?
Thanks to an observant individual, the dog was rescued from the car. Someone noticed the little white dog inside of the vehicle which was parked outside of the Six Flags White Water park and notified the park’s security. Staff members responded to the car and were able to get inside the vehicle to save the dog from dying of heat stroke.
According to officials, the interior temperature of the car had already climbed to over 109-degrees. The Marietta police responded to the scene and cited the dog’s owner, who informed them that she planned to “periodically” check on her dog during the day.
What the police have to say
The Marietta Police recommend that good Samaritans contact the authorities if a dog is found to be in distress inside of a car, but noted that if time does not allow for an officer to respond, it is unlikely that charges would be made if a window had to be broken out to save a life.
Officer McPhilamy explained to the news agency:
“Here in Marietta if you’re the person who broke the window and then called the police to basically report yourself for breaking that window, you did the right thing trying to protect that animal. All things being unique, by and large, we’re not going to issue you a ticket or take any action against you.”
Always look inside of vehicles which are parked on hot days. Despite repeated warnings about the danger of leaving dogs inside of parked cars, people continue to make bad decisions. Reach out for help if you see a dog in distress and know the law where you live – many states have good Samaritan laws which allow for someone to rescue a dog from a car in life or death situations.
(Screenshots via Fox 5 News)
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