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A pair of 2-month old Maltese puppies sat trapped in the back of an SUV while their owners shopped and had lunch at a nearby shopping mall.
A good samaritan spotted the distressed pups and contacted a security guard at The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, Florida. The security guard called Palm Beach Country Police after waiting 35 minutes for the owner of the vehicle to return.
Meanwhile, temperatures inside the SUV reached a sweltering 123 degrees. The tiny puppies were panting heavily and were soaked in saliva and urine.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue personnel smashed the vehicle’s window and rescued the severely dehydrated dogs.
CBS12 News reports that both puppies were seized by Animal Care and Control and the owners were charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
Both puppies are expected to make a full recovery and will then be placed for adoption.
It’s astonishing how often this same story happens every single year. Luckily, these two survived. Others will not. Please, do not leave your dogs in a car, even for a few minutes. And, if you see someone who has, call police.