Had it not been for the quick thinking of Xochitl Dalton, using Facebook to spread the emergency news of a yellow Labrador retriever needing immediate rescue who had been left in a hot car in a parking lot at the Wet N'Wild Splashtown in Harris County, Texas, the dog would not have survived. According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County Constable Chief J.C. Mosler stated authorities thought the dog was dead when they first rescued him.
The dog's owner, Mikell Bliss, 30, of Wisconsin has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.
Authorities said they doused the dog with water to cool him down; the overheated pooch was said to be having seizures. He is now being cared for at the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. There has been no update on the dog's condition.
Xochitl Dalton, who had parked next to the SUV with the dog heavily panting, stated she was upset at seeing the dog in distress and posted his pictures on Facebook to several rescue organizations in the area, as well as calling the Harris County Sheriff's Department. Within minutes, local volunteers appeared with bricks and bats prepared to break the vehicle's window to free the dog. A park employee was able to reach in and open the door lock.
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