Police smash window to rescue dog from 115-degree car in Florida
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Police in Sarasota, Fla. Are reminding pet owners not to leave their four-legged friends in hot cars after officers had to smash a window to save a dog this week.
Police said they were called to University Parkway this week about a dog locked in a car that had been turned off. Body camera images released by the Sarasota Police Department show interviewed officers checking the dog through the car window.
“The dog is panting and drooling all over the place,” an officer told an animal services member from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, who also responded to the scene.
“It’s starting to go down, it’s not good,” Animal Services said. “He’s starting to fall apart.
In the body camera video, the officer explained to animal services that the dog was a pit bull and they were unsure how he would react to being released after being stuck in the hot car. The officer also noted that they had tried to find out who owned the car, but had had no luck.
The video then captures an officer smashing a rear window of the car to at least provide the dog with air. Animal Services removed the dog from the car shortly after.
The temperature inside the car was 115 degrees, and animal services said the door was already open.
The dog’s owner was later found. Police said in a Facebook post that he claimed to have left the car running.
“Always remember to research before locking pets, children and the elderly,” the police department wrote.
Animal Services issued two citations to the dog’s owner.
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