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Fourth dog dies after being left in hot, parked car

Last dog from hot SUV has died
Last dog from hot SUV has died
Screen shot via CBS Sacramento

Only one of four dogs managed to cling to life inside of an excruciatingly hot SUV which was parked outside of an apartment complex in Sacramento, California last week - unfortunately, the toll taken on the surviving dog's body ultimately proved to be too much, reported Sunday's ABC News 10.

Last Thursday, police were called out to the Sierra Fair apartments on Fair Oaks Boulevard after a passerby noticed four dogs locked inside of crates inside of a parked vehicle. By the time the police officer arrived, three of the four dogs were dead and a window had to be broken out to remove the lone survivor.

The surviving dog, a two-year-old pit bull dubbed "Della," was rushed to a veterinarian for care, but the extreme heat that she was forced to endure for an estimated two hours had greatly damaged her internal organs. Dr. Jean Rabinowitz with the Sacramento County Animal Care stated that Della's kidneys had been damaged and were failing, despite round-the-clock intensive care.

Prior to Della's death, Senior Animal Control Officer Libby Simmons had described what was happening to News 10:

"She's depressed. She's bleeding out, and she's vomiting. It's sad,"

"It's sad, and it's completely preventable."

The dogs belonged to 34-year-old Trevor Moore Courtney. Courtney told the authorities that he had left the dogs inside of the vehicle while he went to visit his girlfriend; he is facing fines and citations and could be banned from owning animals in the future.

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