When a few people walked past a large white van in a parking lot in New South Wales, they paused when they spotted something unusual. Inside the vehicle was a tiny Fox Terrier puppy all alone. The car was parked in direct sunlight, and the poor pup wasn’t provided any shade or water. The puppy had been like this for at least a half hour, so the bystanders flagged down an officer that was patrolling the area.
The police looked into the car window and saw that the puppy was whimpering and panting heavily. He was clearly very distressed. So, they knew it was time to take matters into their own hands. They smashed the window and rescued the puppy from the dangerous situation. He whimpered and continued to pant.
Officials brought the pup into an air conditioned shop to give him time to cool down. They also provided him with plenty of water. He seemed to be in good shape, but if he had been left alone any longer, who knows what could’ve happened? He was very lucky that the bystanders had spotted him when they did.
The Person Responsible
About 45 minutes later, the owner of the vehicle returned. Right away, the police questioned him about leaving the puppy alone. However, he simply told them that he forgot the pup was in there, which was no excuse for his actions! There’s no way any true dog lover could just forget about their beloved puppy. Plus, there’s really no excuse for leaving a dog alone in a hot car with no water.
The police didn’t buy this excuse either. They took the dog to the RSPCA and fined the man. In New South Wales, penalties for leaving a dog unattended in a car can be up to $5,500 and 6 months in prison for animal cruelty. If the dog had died in the car, these penalties would obviously greatly increase.
“It only takes 6 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car,” posted the RSPCA. “Even on mild days, temperatures in a car can rapidly heat up to reach more than double the outside temperature.”
The puppy appears to be only 4 months old. He will be properly cared for at the RSPCA, and then he will be put up for adoption once he’s healthy and ready to find a forever family. Hopefully he’ll soon find a home that will truly love him and never leave him behind the way this man did.