Dog’s internal temperature surpassed 107 degrees after woman left him in car

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A dog’s internal temperature climbed past 107 degrees after his owner, Shermika Walker, left him inside a parked vehicle. According to the SPCA serving Erie County, Walker’s Boston Terrier was in a car parked at the Airport Plaza in Cheektowaga, New York, on June 15, when the temperature soared to 91 degrees.

By the time Cheektowaga Police and Animal Control officers were alerted to the situation, the dog was seizing and vomiting, and he was in “severe distress.” The animal welfare agency release states that the dog was:

rushed by Cheektowaga Animal Control officers to the Greater Buffalo Veterinary Emergency Clinic on Genesee St. in Buffalo when SPCA officers were called to assist. The dog’s temperature surpassed 107 degrees and he exhibited other signs of severe heatstroke.

Though the dog’s internal temperature was dangerously high, the veterinary staff was able to stabilize him; he is now in the care of the SPCA Serving Erie County where he will receive additional treatment.

Walker is set to be arraigned in Cheektowaga Town Justice Court on June 29, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. for a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty and a violation.

The SPCA reminds community members that the effects of heatstroke can begin quickly in animals left alone in parked cars in the summer, even when cars are parked for short lengths of time in the shade with windows open. Those who find animals left alone in cars during extreme temperatures are encouraged to call 9-1-1 or the SPCA Serving Erie County, (716) 875-7360, ext. 214, 8 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. seven days a week.

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