SCOTTSDALE -- A Scottsdale woman was cited for animal neglect after police say she left her dog in a hot car while she went shopping. Fortunately, the dog survived the sweltering conditions.
Police say it happened at the Scottsdale Quarter around 12:30 p.m. on July 12 when the temperatures were well over 100 degrees.
A concerned citizen called 911 after she heard the dog barking and noticed it was panting heavily inside the locked car.
She told the 911 dispatcher that the dog's condition was rapidly deteriorating.
"He's crying, he's panting heavily and he's crying," the caller said.
Scottsdale police were immediately dispatched to the second level of the southeast parking garage to find the vehicle parked in the shade with the windows cracked about 2 inches.
The large Doberman pinscher was lying on the back seat panting and lethargic, according to police.
The owner had left the dog in the hot car for an hour while she shopped at Sephora, according to police.
Valerie Newman, an emergency animal medical technician with the Arizona Humane Society, says that is unacceptable.
"They've got a fur coat," she said. "We don't have that, but they do, and it makes it worse for them."
Newman said tips from concerned citizens save lives.
Scottsdale police remind the public to be vigilant and always report suspicious activity.
The dog's owner was cited for animal neglect. Her dog did not require medical attention.