Marion County deputy rescues dog from hot car

Owner who left dog in hot car arrested after returning from hike

MARION COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Marion County deputy rescued a dog from a hot car over the weekend after finding the animal unresponsive inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a state park.

Authorities said the incident happened at the parking lot of Silver Falls State Park last Sunday.

A Marion County deputy took this photo after rescuing a dog from a hot car parked in direct sunlight at Silver Falls State Park, August 10, 2014. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
A Marion County deputy took this photo after rescuing a dog from a hot car parked in direct sunlight at Silver Falls State Park, August 10, 2014. (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

The deputy reportedly found the dog panting and unresponsive inside a vehicle parked in direct sunlight with temperatures in the 90s. The window, police said, was only slightly open, allowing the deputy to open the car door.

He then took the dog to his car, cranked up the air conditioner and gave the parched pooch some water. The dog quickly recovered, and the owner was arrested when she returned from hiking in the area.

Experts said cracking a window open for a pet isn’t enough even on a mildly sunny day.

“Leaving a dog in a car on a 70 degree day can quickly end up in a car that is more like 100 degrees. So remembering that even if it is warm – not too hot outside – it still gets very hot in a parked car,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Abbatanton, who works at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in Northwest Portland.

The dog’s owner was given a ticket for animal neglect, released and allowed to take her dog home, police said.

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