Passerby posts pic on Facebook of dog trapped in hot car
A Good Samaritan used Facebook to help rescue a dog trapped inside a hot vehicle for hours. On Friday, a passerby saw the Labrador Retriever inside a SUV parked outside the Splash Town water park in Harris County, Texas.
Xochitl Dalton said she noticed the dog in the SUV with Wisconsin plates when she was parking her car, according to KPRC-TV. "I looked over and saw that there was a huge yellow Lab. It looked like it was really, really hot,” she said.
She took a photo of the dog and posted it to several Facebook groups before calling police.
Within minutes, concerned dog lovers showed up to help rescue the dog. Several people brought bricks and hammers and were ready to bust open the car's windshield to save the dog.
A park employee noticed the group gathering around the car and managed to squeeze his arm through the small window crack and open the car door freeing the dog.
According to sheriff's deputies, the dog was panting heavily and was on the verge of passing out after being left in the car during the hottest time of the day. It was around 90 degrees outside, with the temperature inside the car possibly reaching 140 degrees.
The dog's owner was arrested on animal cruelty charges when he came out of the water park after closing. The dog is currently in the custody of authorities.