SARASOTA, Florida (WFLA) – Police in Sarasota, Florida, are reminding pet owners not to leave their four-legged friends in hot cars after police broke a window to save a dog this week.
Police said they were called to University Parkway this week about a dog locked in an unattended car. Images from the body camera released by the Sarasota Police Department show police officers checking the dog out of the car window.
“The dog is panting and drooling everywhere,” said an officer to a member of the Animal Department at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, who also responded to the scene.
“It is starting to fall, that is not a good thing,” said the animal service. “He’s starting to fall.”
In the video of the body camera, the officer explained to the veterinary services that the dog was a pit bull and they were not sure how he would react to being released after being trapped in the hot car. The policeman also noted that they tried to find out who the car belonged to, but were unlucky.
The video then captures a police officer breaking the rear window of the car to at least supply the dog with some air. Animal services took the dog out of the car shortly after.
The temperature inside the car was 115 degrees, and the veterinarian reported that the door was already open.
The dog’s owner was located later. Police said in a Facebook post that he claimed to have left the car running.
“Always remember to look before blocking to find pets, children and elderly loved ones,” wrote the police department.
Animal services issued two quotes to the dog’s owner.
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