Dogs are still left in hot cars by people despite media attention and public service announcements imploring people not to do so. Usually, you hear about these incidents on the news or in your local paper. It is rare, or perhaps in this case, unprecedented that such an event is livestreamed on social media.
But that is exactly what occurred when Scott Poore, an employee with the Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, Kansas, discovered a puppy crying and locked in a hot car in a home improvement store parking lot. He first called the police, and then went into the store and requested that an announcement be made on the store’s intercom system, according to KCTV 5 News.
When police arrived, Poore started livestreaming the rescue of the puppy on Facebook with his phone.
Posted by Scott Poore on Monday, July 11, 2016
“I’ve been here about 40 minutes and there is a vehicle with a dog that looks like it is about 1- to 2-months old that has been in the car the entire time,” Poore said in his opening livestream remarks. “Probably 90 degrees, 95 outside, probably about 125, maybe 130 degrees inside the vehicle.”
“There is absolutely no reason to ever have your dog in your car, unless you are going to be there with it,” Poore added.
The video shows the officers using a door unlock device, commonly known as a slim jim, in an effort to unlock the driver door.
Poore, who is quite peeved, said in his livestream that the woman who owns the dog came out of the store, but didn’t have her keys to unlock the car. He then said “the lady was absolutely blown away that anybody had an issue with [leaving a dog in a car], and that is pretty typical.”
While Poore had hoped the police would break the car window, “to teach her a lesson,” they were able to unlock the car and rescue the very young puppy. An officer with Merriam Animal Control took the dog and immediately gave it some water, which the pup lapped up eagerly.
“I’m so happy that the Merriam Police are supportive when it comes to this stuff. I really hope all cities are like this,” Poore said in his livestream, which has more than 331,000 views and more than 6,000 comments since the video was recorded on July 11.
After the police rescued the puppy, the owner was cited and the dog was returned to its owner.