Dog Abuse

Bystanders Smash Window to Rescue Dog from Hot Car

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It was a sunny Sunday in Katy, Texas, with temperatures reaching into the low 90’s when concerned dog lovers gathered around a car parked in Lowe’s home improvement store parking lot, worried for the yellow Lab locked inside, panting heavily while the windows were rolled all the way up.

Store managers paged the dog’s owner several times, hoping he’d come outside and end his dog’s suffering. But, after about 30 minutes with no response, the group outside collectively decided to take matters into their own hands.

“Everybody was like, ‘If you’re not going to do it, I’m going to do it,’” said Shell Smith, a bystander who caught the entire incident on cell phone video.

After smashing a rear window with a tire iron, Lowe’s employees took the dog inside the store where he was given water and reunited with his owner who said he was only in the car for 20 minutes and was perfectly fine.

Temperatures inside a car parked in full sun on a hot day can reach dangerous, life-threatening levels within only a few minutes.

“When do you make the call, do you wait for the first stroke?  What do you do?” Smith asked.

Although in Texas dogs are considered property and those bystanders risked facing criminal charges for their part in rescuing the dog, the Harris County District Attorney’s office says no charges will be filed.

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  1. Avatar Of Eliana A Oyarzuncuevas

    Eliana A OyarzunCuevas


    I believe that they should grab the owners, and sit them in the car for about an hour. Let’s see if they’re “perfectly fine..”

  2. Avatar Of Nightowlgirl



    The Lowe’s in Ohio let you bring in dogs and Ohio is not very progressive in that regard.

  3. I wonder if that owner would be willing to sit in that car, no A/C with the windows rolled up for at least 20 minutes.

  4. Avatar Of Tlb



    Even it was “only 20 minutes” the owner needs to close all the windows in the exact same temperatures and sit in that car for “only 20 minutes.” UGH!!!

  5. Avatar Of Aee



    Store managers were paging the idiot for 30 minutes, owner says the dog was in the car for 20 minutes, and that the dog was fine…Did the dog tell him/her that? The owner is apparently an IDIOT and a LIAR.

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