Arkansas City, Kansas police responding to a shoplifting call at a local Walmart came to the rescue after an employee noticed a small dog hanging by his leash from a truck in the store’s parking lot.
The dog’s owner had left the small dog inside the parked car with the windows rolled down, but leashed the dog to prevent him from escaping. Apparently, the dog had tried to jump out of the window and essentially hung himself by his collar and leash.
Sergeant Jason Legleiter used his patrol duty knife to cut the dog free and, along with Officer Wade Hammond, began attempts to revive the unresponsive dog.
They removed his collar and immediately began performing chest compressions. After several minutes, the dog began to slowly show signs of life. The officers kept tending to him until he appeared to fully recover and was able to stand and drink water on his own.
Arkansas City police say it will be up to the prosecutor to decide if charges will be filed, and so some facts to the case cannot be released.
Once again, let this serve as a reminder to leave your dogs at home if they cannot join you where you’re going. Leaving a dog unattended in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down, is dangerous – in addition to heat exhaustion, dogs are at risk of escaping or being strangled like this lucky-to-be-alive dog.