PHOENIX -- A local animal shelter is reminding owners not to leave their pets in their hot cars after Phoenix police officers had to rescue a puppy over the weekend.
The officers took the 14-week-old puppy to the Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA) after finding it in a car with the windows rolled up in a central Phoenix parking lot, according to Shannon Blizzard, director of shelter operations.
When officers found the dog, he appeared to be in distress due to the heat. The officers unlocked the vehicle to rescue him.
Two people later got in the car and drove off, abandoning the dog, according to the shelter staff.
"We assessed him and he's a healthy little dog, but we're really lucky we got to him in time," Blizzard said.
"It's incredibly important that people know that even just for short periods of time and even if they're cracking their windows, the car is a dangerous place for a dog in the summer," she explained.
The dog, named Skip by the staff, will be available for adoption at the shelter at 30 N. 40th Place in Phoenix on Thursday.
For more information about adopting a dog from AAWL & SPCA, go to www.aawl.org or call 602-273-6852, ext. 134.