FORT MYERS, Fla. - A dog is rescued after being left in a hot car for hours on Friday. The car was in the parking lot of a hotel at the corner of Winkler Avenue and Colonial Boulevard.
WINK News has confirmed a call came in about the dog just after 9 a.m. but it was hours later when crews showed up to get the dog out. When rescue crews arrived the doors were locked and the windows were cracked open. The temperature inside that car was 111 degrees!
Crews had to jimmy the lock to get the car open which set off the alarm. 3 of them moved quickly to get the dog out and cooled down, one of them poured water on her.
One resident who lives at the Value Placesaidshe saw the chihuaua outside of the late model Tahoe that morning and she appeared to be in good condition. Now the dog is being treated for heat storke.
A woman, who didn't want to be identified, said "an animal to me is like a child."
Several residents who live at the hotel couldn't believe someone would leave a dog in a hot car. They were even more shocked to learn her temperature was 106 degrees. "No, no that person no! Thats like leaving your kid in the car, oh I forgot about the kid, it's all over the news right now.I mean really?!"
WINK News checked with the hotel, they said police gave them several names relating to the vehiclebut none of them were registered guests.
Residents want police to take action against the dog owner. "That person that owns that car, that's still on the property, would have been arrested and their car would have been towed but it's still here."
Lee County Domestic Animal Services tells WINK News the dog is at Specialist Veterinary Services in Fort Myers.
It's unclear at this time if she'll stay in their custody, that will be determined if the owner trys to claim her.