Temperatures in Palm Springs had soared to 105 degrees when Michael Olah, who was shopping in Walmart, heard the pager system announce that a dog was trapped inside a parked minivan. The Palm Springs resident got upset and decided to act.
"I grumbled under my breath a bit because it's damn hot outside and has to be roasting inside that van," he said.
A group of people surrounded the van as Michael used a tool to shatter the van's window and save the Chihuahua.
Palm Springs Police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff confirmed Michael's story and said the incident serves as a reminder to pet owners that they should never leave dogs or cats in their vehicles.
When the Chihuahua's owners learned Michael had saved their dog, they were relieved that he had broken the window. They told police the dog must have snuck into the car, as they were unaware he was in the vehicle.
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