A yellow Labrador retriever owes his life to the quick thinking of a savvy Facebook user on Friday, who used her social media skills to post photographs of the dog parked next to her in a SUV in the heat of the day at the Splash Town water park reported Click2Houston.
Xochitl Dalton stated she was upset at seeing the dog who appeared to be 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.
"I posted a picture of the dog to several Facebook groups. I was amazed at how many people were wanting to rescue this dog," Dalton stated.
The community responded immediately, and within minutes several rescuers showed up with bricks and stones ready to break the window of the vehicle in order to save the panting dog. Friday's temperatures were in the 90s, and the windows were only slightly open in the vehicle. Authorities believe the dog had been left in the vehicle for hours, and it was only a short time before he would have died from heat exhaustion.
The inside temperature of the car was estimated to be over 140 degrees.
A park employee, who saw all of the action around the vehicle came over and was able to reach her hand into the open part of the window and unlock the door.
After the park closed, the owner returned and was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. The dog is currently in the custody of the Harris County Constable Pct. 1 Office.
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