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Fourth dog dies from heat suffocation after owner leaves them in closed vehicle

Della, the fourth dog rescued from a closed vehicle, died on Sunday morning from complications due to heat suffocation.
Della, the fourth dog rescued from a closed vehicle, died on Sunday morning from complications due to heat suffocation.
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Sacramento Sheriff deputies had to break the side window of a vehicle late last week in the parking lot at the Sierra Fair Apartments on Fair Oaks Boulevard in an attempt to rescue four pit bulls. Three of the dogs had already died from heat suffocation; the last dog to survive named Della, by her rescuers, had to be euthanized Sunday morning reports News10.net.

Animal Control Officer Libby Simmons reported the dog died as a result of kidney failure and the other fatal consequences of a 100% preventable act:

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

When Della was rescued and rushed to a Sacramento veterinarian hospital, her body temperature was 104 degrees; veterinarians think her temperature exceeded 107 while trapped in the vehicle with no water and no shade.

The owner of the dogs, Trevor Moor Courtney, told deputies he had been visiting his girlfriend; the dogs had been left in the vehicle for more than an hour. Courtney has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Rest in peace dogs. Your deaths did not have to happen.

It is unfortunate and depressing that every week there are reports of owners leaving their dogs in hot cars, and these dogs suffering unimaginable deaths can be completely prevented by leaving pets home in the summertime. No matter how cool one thinks the temperature is outdoors, cars heat up; everyone should know that when they have arrived at their own vehicle, and open the windows immediately to cool the car down upon entering.

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