PORTLAND, Ore. -
Thanks to the quick thinking of an animal control officer in Oregon, a dog was saved from a scorching hot car.
Christian Holden was showing KATU-TV what he does when he patrols hot cars when he got the call. There was a puppy in a car with the windows rolled up. The dog had been in the car for at least 30 minutes.
Holden knew the car was at least 100 degrees, and when he got to the vehicle the puppy was trying to get under the seat, out of the sunlight.
“The dog wasn’t super responsive to me,” Holden told the TV station. “I felt at this time, since it was getting pretty warm out here, it was best to get the dog out of the vehicle.”
The car’s owners said they had no idea the car could get so hot with temperatures in the 80s. When the mother and son heard about the dog, they rushed out of the store and opened the door.
The dog, named Bear, was fine after some air conditioning and water from animal control.
The owners received a $100 citation and Bear is not allowed to be in the car for an entire year.
When the temperature is 78 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can climb to 105 degrees in just 20 minutes.