Dog In Hot Car: Distressed Animal Helped By Witness, Police, And Wrecker Driver In Texas

A witness, deputy, and wrecker driver helped get a dog out of a hot car that was left inside by his owner on August 8. In another careless incident by an animal owner, a dog in Texas was spotted inside a car parked at a store parking lot in Harris County looking distressed.

Click2 Houston News reports that a witness noticed the dog inside a vehicle that was turned off and the windows rolled up. This was at about 5:10 pm at the HEB parking lot on Aldine Westfield near Aldine Mail Route. The witness went inside the store and told the HEB manager, who paged the dog’s owner several times over the intercom system. The owner never responded, so more action was taken.

According to investigators with Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the dog could be seen on the floorboard appearing “distressed.” By 5:30 pm the store manager and the witness called police. When a deputy arrived at the scene, a wrecker was called to break into the car and save the dog. By 5:45 pm the wrecker had the door open, freeing the dog from the hot car. Fortunately, the animal was alive, but was transferred to animal control.

Investigators identify the dog’s owner as Kyle Rudi Dettmers. The deputy who was at the scene says the owner didn’t come back to the car until 6 pm. Dettmers told the deputy that he “forgot” to roll down the windows.

Moreover, Dettmers was charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, which is a misdemeanor. He posted $1,000, according to the report.

Last month in Spring, Texas, another dog was left inside a hot car at Wet n’ Wild Splashtown. The Houston SPCA was awarded custody of the animal and was transferred him to another facility for placement, News 92FM reports.

The owner of the dog claimed he had the windows rolled down, but they weren’t rolled down over 6-inches.

The Inquisitr has more stories of animals being left inside scorching vehicles in 2014 alone. In spite of all the publicity that numerous cases have drawn this summer, people somehow keep leaving their pets inside sweltering vehicles where they suffer extreme heat exhaustion. Dogs especially have extra fur and the high temperatures can easily kill them in a very short amount of time. Luckily, a lot of Good Samaritans are out there helping save the animals.

In June, a man had to break a window to save a dog from a hot car. In July, a woman used her shoe to save another dog while the owner was shopping.

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