Dog found suffering in heat claimed by owners

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- The owners of a black chow-mix that was found suffering in the desert heat Thursday have come forward to claim their dog.

Officials in Pinal County said the owners of Midnight met with Pinal Animal Care & Control on Friday to claim their 15-year-old pooch and complete the investigation.

According to Pinal County, Midnight got loose while her owners were unloading their car.

“We believe she was loose from about 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. when our officers were called by concerned citizens. The owners were distraught and had been canvassing the neighborhood in search of her last evening. By then we had already picked her up,” said Animal Control Director Kaye Dickson.

Midnight's struggles with the heat were intensified by a muzzle that she was wearing when she escaped. Her owners said she wears the muzzle because she suffers from anxiety and is destructive when they’re not at home.

Animal Control officials provided Midnight’s owners with several suggestions that could eliminate the need for the muzzle.

Midnight continues to recover after receiving fluids and veterinary care Thursday night and into Friday morning.

Shelter staff said she was already perking up by Friday afternoon.

“The owners fully paid for the impound fee and veterinary care we provided,” said Dickson. “More importantly, they were very receptive to our suggestions. They have already taken her to their regular vet for follow-up care and we will be conducting a home visit in the near future.”