Outside temperatures in San Jacinto, California were nearly 100-degrees when a passerby heard a small dog yelping from inside a parked car on Tuesday.
Noticing that the small dog was not moving and in distress, the good Samaritan rescued the dog and rendered aid until police arrived.
When Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, they placed Boomer, the tiny pup inside an air conditioned patrol car. They later determined that temperatures inside the car where Boomer was trapped had reached at least 131-degrees.
The dog’s owner was located by police and arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Boomer was placed with the Ramona Humane Society to be cared for.
The Riverside Sheriff’s Department reached out to residents on Facebook with an important reminder.
“As a reminder, NEVER leave children or pets alone in a vehicle for even a moment. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach more than 120°F within minutes, even with the windows partly opened on a cloudy day. Exposure to such high temperatures can quickly kill a person or pet. A body temperature of just 107°F may cause brain damage or death from heatstroke.
Pets, horses, and livestock are also susceptible to difficulties from hot weather. Animals do not perspire and rely on panting, wetting down, shade, cool earth, and drinking water for cooling. Animals cannot explain their needs, so it is up to people to ensures that their needs are met, especially during periods of extreme or prolonged heat.”