As the heat wave continues in some parts of the world, veterinarians and animal control officers are reporting record numbers of dogs affected by heat, some dying as result. Despite repeated warnings, dog owners continue to leave their dogs in their cars in hot weather.
If you saw a dog in the hot car how long would you wait for the dog's owner to return before rescuing the dog?
This question plagued Katie Neuman when she arrived at the Christiana Town Center to go shopping in Delaware.
It was 91 degrees out, but Neuman said it felt like 100 degrees when she arrived at the shopping mall and walked past a parked car. She spotted a small Yorkie Chihuahua inside the car appearing very anxious and hot.
"He was barking and jumping all over the car," said Neuman. The windows were cracked down an inch but not enough to keep the car cool and not wide enough for her to pour water to the dog.
She went into a nearby shoe store and hoped they would make an announcement in case the owner was inside, but she says they refused. Neuman said she spent the next 45 minutes in the store and when she came back out, she saw the car with the dog still outside.
"When I came out and the dog was still in the car but he wasn't jumping around. He was looking lethargic, panting and laying on the seat," Neuman said. So she waited for another 45 minutes anxiously hoping the owners would appear.
Finally, out of desperation, she pulled the door handle of the car and to her surprise, it was unlocked.
"The puppy jumped out in my arms," said Neuman. "His little heart was racing." She poured cool water over the dog and he revived a bit. That's when she made the decision to leave a note on the car with her number and take the pup home with her to Philadelphia.
The owners picked the dog up the next day but told Fox 29 they were only in the shopping center for a short time, not two to three hours as Neuman claimed. It turns out they had been in the store next to the shoe shop.
Neuman said she only gave the dog back after she talked to DE State Police a few hours later. "Police told me that they would press charges against me for theft for taking the dog out of the car." Despite the threat of charges, Neuman said she stands by everything she did, saying it was for the dog's well being.
The SPCA reminded everyone to call them to report dogs stuck in heat and they will contact Animal Control, or to call 911.
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