EUGENE, Ore. — An Oregon police department is reminding residents not to leave pets alone in a vehicle after an officer rescued a husky from a 116-degree hot car over the weekend.
According to KVAL, the incident occurred about 2 p.m. Sunday outside the Valley River Center mall in Eugene. An animal welfare officer responded to a report of a dog inside a hot car and arrived to find a husky “trying to seek shade from the sun curled on the floorboard of the driver seat,” Eugene police said in a Facebook post. The windows of the car, a Toyota Prius, were closed, authorities said.
“After the [officer] measured the internal temperature of the vehicle at 116 degrees Fahrenheit, he forced entry into the vehicle and safely got the dog out of the car and provided water in the shade,” the post read.
Police said the dog’s owner, Katherine Rose Ornedo Golez, 29, of Woodland Hills, California, had left the dog in the car for about three hours while she and a friend shopped inside the mall. She received a citation for second-degree animal neglect, the department said.
“Eugene Animal Services is urging people to not leave their pets unattended inside a vehicle, even for a just few minutes,” the Facebook post read. “Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise quickly, easily causing an animal to experience heat stroke or brain damage, even with windows slightly open and the vehicle parked under shade. It is important to note animals do not have to experience distress or heat stroke for a person to be cited for animal neglect.”
Outdoor temperatures in Eugene reached 74 degrees on Sunday, officials said.
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