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VPD: Dog saved from hot vehicle in the WalMart lot

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A dog left inside a locked vehicle at the Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 30 was rescued on Monday after witnesses said the dog had been inside the vehicle for nearly an hour, Valparaiso Police said.

According to police, at 3:45 p.m. VPD officers, along with a Porter County Animal Control officer, responded to the Wal-Mart after witnesses advised that the dog “was panting heavily and appeared to be in distress,” although the windows had been left “slightly down.”

Attempts to locate the vehicle’s owner inside the Wal-Mart were unsuccessful, police said, so officers were finally forced to unlock the vehicle’s door.

The dog was given water and Animal Control took custody of the animal, police said.

Officers did subsequently make contact with the dog’s owner, police said, and Animal Control is investigating.

“An important reminder this time of year: every year dogs die from being left in hot cars,” police said. “Many studies show that an open window makes little difference. An outside temperature of 78 degrees reaches 120 degrees inside a vehicle in just 30 minutes. During this time of the year, leave your dog at home where it’s cool and safe.”




Posted 7/8/2014