What would you really do if you found a dog locked in a hot car?
My facebook wall constantly has photos of people claiming that they will bust out the window with a brick, but frankly, unless the dog is on the verge of death and dispatch tells you to, that is a crime.
Yesterday, when the heat index was 108, I was walking with my kids up to the ice cream shop that is 3 blocks from our house. Even on this short walk my 4 year old was crying that it was SO hot. About a block before the ice cream shop we heard a dog whining so we went to look for it. There, locked in a car, was the sweetest baby pitbull. He was drooling something awful and whining and crying on the floor of the car. I called the police who said they would send out animal control and I called my MIL who does dog rescue so she could help rush help to this poor dog.
My neighbor was with us, so she took the kids on to the ice cream shop to get them out of the heat and I grabbed the dog some water from the ice cream shop and gave him a drink. Animal control arrived 20 min later, but according to their policy they can only break out a dog who is on the verge of death. Otherwise they have to take readings and then wait for a police officer to come help them do it the "right way."
I'm so mad at myself for not just buying a leash at the store and unlocking the car door. The window was down enough for my arm to fit through but I didn't want to get in legal trouble. I waited around while animal control took their readings... this poor dog drank 1.5 LITERS of water while we waited. Passerbyers stopped offering to help. A man on his bike stopped and said he saw the dog in that same car the day before.
Still, we had to wait for an officer. I stood out there for an hour waiting for someone to free this dog. Then animal control told me that the dog has to go to animal control, and that his owner can get him back, and that if no one comes for him that he won't go up for adoption... uh... wth! So I saved him from dying in a hot car so he can die at animal control. Sigh.
So the end of the story is that the jerks who own the dog can simply pay $225 and get him back. That is the punishment for trying to cook your dog in a car.
Scariest part- they had a pink carseat in the backseat. Will the kid be left in the car next?
So that whole brick through the window... if after 5 min no owner shows up... I'd throw a brick, take the dog, and turn him in to a no-kill rescue group. Grrrrr! Screw calling the police for "help"
Edit: Full view of car: