FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Animal Control officers responded to the San Tan Valley area Thursday after a dog was found passed out on a road.
Officers arrived to find a black, female chow-mix in severe distress from the heat.
The dog was also wearing a muzzle on her face, which prevented her from eating or drinking.
“Our officers recorded her temperature at a life-threatening 107 degrees,” said Animal Control Director Kaye Dickson.
Officers put ice packs on the dog’s paws to reduce her body temperature. She was then taken to a veterinarian’s office for examination.
The dog may still need intravenous fluids, but as of late Thursday afternoon she was said to be in much better shape than when she was found.
“We are asking the public to contact us if they know who might own this dog,” said Dickson. “We are very interested in learning how or when it got loose and the circumstances around its care.”
Anyone with information can email AnimalCare@pinalcountyaz.gov.