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Police officers break out window to rescue overheated dog

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On Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Police Department issued a release covering the rescue of a small dog who was left inside of a parked car in Glen Burnie, Md., this week.

On the afternoon of July 15, officers were called out to the parking lot of the Glen Burnie District Court by a concerned passerby who discovered a dog locked inside of a parked truck with just one slightly opened window, and no available water. When the officers arrived, the woman informed them that the dog had already been inside of the vehicle for at least 30 minutes; the dog was clearly overheated and in distress from the heat.

The outside temperature on the day of the incident was in the 90s - far too warm for any living creature to be left unattended inside of a parked vehicle.

The responding officers quickly looked for the dog's owner inside of the court house and when the search did not produce the owner, they too matters into their own hands and broke out a window to free the distressed dog, described as a seven-year-old Scot-Terrier mix.

Approximately 30 minutes later, the dog's owner, identified as 54-year-old James Humphries, of Owings, Md., returned to his truck; he was issued a citation for leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle.

The dog was evaluated by animal control and no veterinary care appeared to be warranted; Humphries was allowed to reclaim his dog.

Find the Anne Arundel County Police Department on Facebook at this link.

Repeated instances of dogs being left inside of vehicles have been reported from across the nation this summer, despite warnings against doing so. Anyone who observes a pet locked inside of a parked vehicle should immediately contact the police or animal control.

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