When Xochitl Dalton parked her car at the Splash Town water park in Harris County, Texas on Friday afternoon, she was shocked to discover a huge yellow Labrador locked inside the SUV in the next parking space.
Apparently the dog’s owner was enjoying a day cooling off in the water while the family dog sat dying in the car.
Temperatures outside had reached about 90-degrees. Temperatures inside the SUV soared at a deadly 140-degrees, despite the vehicle’s windows being cracked open a couple of inches.
In addition to calling police, Dalton took several photos of the distressed dog and posted them to several Facebook groups. Within just a few minutes, several dog lovers arrived to help.
“I immediately dropped everything, got in my car and drove from Magnolia up here, ready to bust the windshield out,” Melissa Camp, who saw the post on Facebook, told KPRC News.
Several people showed up to help, some carrying bricks and hammers, prepared to smash the SUV’s windows if necessary to save the dog.
All the commotion caught the attention of a water park employee who managed to squeeze his hand inside the opened window and rescue the suffering dog. Deputies said the dog was on the verge of passing out when they arrived.
Police were finally able to locate and arrest the dog’s owner on Friday evening when the water park closed and he returned to his vehicle.
The dog’s owner is facing animal cruelty charges. The dog remains in custody of the Harris County Constable’s Office.