Dog Rescued from Hot Vehicle by Police

Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio

All pet parents should know that you should never leave pets in your car alone, especially when it’s hot out, as it can lead to death. A dog in Florida was rescued from a hot vehicle, thanks to police who responded and were able to help the animal before it was too late.

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Dog Left Inside Hot U-Haul Truck

According to a Facebook post by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, police officers were alerted to a dog that had been left alone inside a U-Haul truck for almost one hour on June 2, 2024.

The owners, who had left their pet in the vehicle while they went to the beach, had left the windows open only by a small amount. They also did not leave any water for the dog.

As seen in the video that accompanied the Facebook post, the pet was panting and trying to get her nose through the tight space of the slightly open window in an effort to get some air.  

Police Rescued the Dog and Charged the Owners

Anyone who has spent time in Florida knows how hot and humid it can get, and on the day that the dog was locked in the truck, the temperature was 86°F. The officers also noted in their Facebook post that there wasn’t any cloud cover. The temperature inside the truck was probably at least 100°F or higher.

Thankfully, the police became aware of the situation when someone reported it to them, and they were able to respond in time. As you can see in their video, they gave the dog some water through the window. They were then able to remove the dog safely, and took the pet to Southeast Volusia Humane Society.

The police stated that charging affidavits for the dog’s owners were sent to the State Attorney’s Office. Both individuals were charged with a first-degree misdemeanor and could face jail time, a fine, or both if they are convicted.

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Lisa Selvaggio
Lisa Selvaggio

Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.

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