Friday, August 13, 2010
Cops break into pickup to rescue puppy left in hot vehicle
AUSTIN (KXAN) - A puppy was rescued Friday afternoon from what could have turned into a deadly situation in the intense Texas heat at a Whole Foods parking lot .
The three-week-old dog, found locked in a hot pickup just one day after its owners got it, was taken to the Town Lake Animal Shelter while police decide whether to return it to its owners or press charges.
Austin police officers rescued the little black puppy from underneath a seat inside the black Ford pickup, which was parked at the Downtown Austin grocery store, after someone heard yelping coming from inside the truck.
Unable to find the source of the yelping after several minutes, the passerby called police.
Authorities broke into the truck with a slim jim after they couldn't find the owner and removed the puppy, which witnesses said seemed dehydrated, from the hot vehicle. Witnesses said they couldn't believe a puppy so young and vulnerable was left in a dangerous situation. Dogs usually aren't weaned from their mothers until they're at least six weeks old.
A bystander said the truck had been in the parking lot for at least 20 minutes, and some witnesses said they'd seen it there for longer.
Posted by Debi Martin