Just days after Laura Simpson posted tips for recognizing an animal in danger of death by heat stroke, news comes out of Albuquerque that one little dog’s life was saved by a passerby.
According to KOB 4 News, Susanne Jones watched with growing concern as a frantic dog tried to claw his way out of a car. The vehicle was parked in the sun, with the window cracked open slightly.
Seeing the dog’s distress, Jones tried calling 911. The dispatcher told her to dial 311 instead. That connected her with the Animal Welfare Department.
She waited 40 minutes, until the overheated dog gave up and curled up on the car floor. That is when she grabbed her car-locking club and smashed the window.
The dog was safe when police and Animal Welfare officers arrived, but two laws were broken. The dog’s owner, Cissy King, had left her dog locked in the car, and Susanne Jones had smashed a car window.
Both women ended up in court. Cissy King assumed Susanne Jones acted on the dog’s behalf and did not press charges. The judge dismissed charges against King when she agreed to take a pet safety class.
All ended well, and one little dog will likely never be locked in a hot car again.
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