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Dog Rescued From Hot Truck In Loveland 'Would Surely Have Died'

LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) -- Police in Loveland say a Doberman puppy left in a pickup truck "would surely have died" if a good Samaritan hadn't called for help. Police say the temperature inside the truck was in the range of 114 to 140 degrees.
Loveland resident Michelle Sparks called the Loveland Police Department dispatch center after seeing the dog in a black Dodge Ram pickup truck parked at the Walmart store on east Eisenhower Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.
"Sparks saw the puppy, who was tethered in the back seat, whimpering and straining to get air from a partially opened window," police wrote on Facebook.
Officers Jordan Yoder, Tim Yunger and Benito Avitia responded and found a passenger window of the truck was open just enough for Yoder to squeeze her arm through to trip the lock.
"Once free, the puppy gulped two full bottles of water given by the two officers," police said.
Yunger snapped a photo of Yoder getting a kiss from the grateful puppy.
dog rescued from hot truck credit loveland pd
(credit: Loveland Police)

The animal control officer took temperature readings inside the pickup truck that ranged from 114 degrees to 140 degrees, and said that the puppy would surely have died if not for the rescue.

The dog's owner, who was only identified as a woman from Greeley, was cited for unlawfully confining an animal in a vehicle.

Sparks said she was relieved the puppy was OK and hopes the owner will learn from the experience.

"The lesson: Even with a window partially open, heat inside a vehicle can rise to a deadly level," police stated.

HEAT ALERT: Loveland police this afternoon rescued a Doberman Pinscher puppy from a vehicle parked at the Walmart store...

Posted by Loveland Police Department on Wednesday, June 23, 2021
The Loveland Police Department wants you to know that Colorado law allows anyone to break into a vehicle if an animal is in jeopardy, provided:
1. You make every attempt to locate the owner.
2. You contact Animal Protection & Control at 970.226.3647 ext. 7 or call police at 911 or 970.667.2151.
3. You provide Animal Protection & Control or police with a detailed description and location of the vehicle.
4. IF you remove the animal from the vehicle, you are responsible for that animal. You must remain close to the vehicle until law enforcement arrives.
5. IF you remove the animal from the vehicle and it requires immediate medical attention, you must contact law enforcement and leave a note on the vehicle.
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