A 911 call from a woman who saw a dog panting heavily in a U Haul truck parked at the Villa Capri condos on Jackson Street in Fort Meyers, Fla. is credited with saving the young pit bull and her seven two-week-old puppies on Sunday reported the Cape Coral Daily Breeze.
The temperature in Fort Meyers on Sunday reached a record 96 degrees.
Dustin Michael Unwin, 28, of Holiday, the owner of the dogs, has been charged with animal cruelty. He told authorities he had just left the mother dog named Precious and her puppies in the truck for ten minutes.
The U Haul had been parked in the full sun with the windows rolled up, according to a witness, for 45 minutes when she called the Fort Meyers Police. When authorities arrived, the female pit bull had been standing on the front seat panting heavily. Police noted the vehicle door was unlocked and immediately removed the dog, however the officers heard whimpering coming from other seat:
"Once inside the vehicle, officers located seven additional puppies inside a cardboard box on the passenger side floorboard. Officers noted the puppies were all crying, panting and two were barely moving with light breathing. Lee County Emergency Medical Service along with Fort Myers Fire Department and Lee County Domestic Animal Services were summoned to assist."
According to the newspress.com, the police officers carried the puppies into their squad car to cool them down. Neighbors at the condo community brought cold water for the officers to bathe the puppies to help cool their core body temperatures down. The Fort Meyers Fire Department administered oxygen to the puppies to help them breathe.
Precious and her 2-week-old puppies are in the custody of the Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
As of Monday, all of the puppies and their mom were reported to be doing fine.
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