A dog left inside a
locked vehicle at the Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 30 was rescued on Monday
after witnesses said the dog had been inside the vehicle for nearly an hour,
Valparaiso Police said.
police, at 3:45 p.m. VPD officers, along with a Porter County Animal Control
officer, responded to the Wal-Mart after witnesses advised that the dog “was
panting heavily and appeared to be in distress,” although the windows had
been left “slightly down.”
Attempts to locate
the vehicle’s owner inside the Wal-Mart were unsuccessful, police said, so
officers were finally forced to unlock the vehicle’s door.
The dog was given
water and Animal Control took custody of the animal, police said.
subsequently make contact with the dog’s owner, police said, and Animal
Control is investigating.
reminder this time of year: every year dogs die from being left in hot
cars,” police said. “Many studies show that an open window makes little
difference. An outside temperature of 78 degrees reaches 120 degrees inside
a vehicle in just 30 minutes. During this time of the year, leave your dog
at home where it’s cool and safe.”