Police in the south of Spain was forced to smash to a car window after a tiny dog was discovered trapped in the car in 40C heat.
A concerned resident in Seville, southern Spain, reported at 2 pm on Wednesday that she was extremely concerned after she realised a Yorkshire terrier had been trapped inside a car nearby whilst in direct sunlight since 10 am.
Quickly, officers arrived on the scene and stated that when they found the dog, it was “on the verge of passing out”. The car thermometer showed that temperatures had soared to 40C and police believe that in the car itself, the temperature was most likely at around 50C.
The police have confirmed that the dog has been removed from the owner’s care since being rescued.
Seville’s emergency services released a video that shows the police officers breaking into the passenger window whilst the small Yorkshire terrier is cowering under the shade of the steering wheel.
They later shared a second video that showed police and local residents attending to the dog; they poured water on the tiny creature to try and cool it down. The dog appears relieved by the help and has its tail between its leg as it tries to cuddle those helping.
Before the car was towed away by officials, police showed footage of the inside of the car. It contained towels and children’s backpacks.
On Twitter, Seville emergency services wrote about the incident, they said: “Local Police officers had to break the passenger seat window to rescue an animal that was very weak inside the vehicle, reaching more than 50C inside. Thanks to citizen collaboration, it has recovered.”
The footage of the moment the dog was saved was then shared and officials added: “Its owner has been denounced for life-threatening animal abuse.”
Police have now released a statement which says: “If the thermometers on the outside of the car showed it was 40C, the inside of the car must have surpassed that by another 10 to 15C more.”
The police contacted the owner of the dog, a 49-year-old woman, she said that she did not see any issue with leaving the dog in the car.
It has since been confirmed that she was not complying with scheduled vaccinations for the dog either.
The statement continued: “Despite what happened, she insists that it’s fine to leave the dog in 40C heat and that this is not the first time this has occurred.
“Following this and the report made, the animal has been taken from her care.”
Thankfully, the dog has been taken care of and examined by vets.