A two-year-old Canton, Ohio dog is lucky to be alive after suffering from a body temperate of 110 degrees. The dog, an American Staffordshire, was rescued from a hot vehicle in a parking lot.
The Stark County dog warden, Jon Barber, told ABC News5, “After 106 degrees, they are in heat stroke.” He said the dog was close to dying. Visitors to the hospital where the car was parked saw the dog in the car. Thankfully, they notified security and the rescue efforts began.
Once out of the car, the dog, Taker, received immediate care. He remained unconscious for 36 hours but started to recover. Surveillance recording shows the dog was in the car for 1-1/2 hours. The car’s temperature inside was between 120 and 130 degrees.
Taker’s owner, Lateia Williams, is being charged with animal cruelty, a fifth-degree felony. A judge must decide if she gets the dog back or not.
Officials remind the public never to leave your dog alone in a hot car, as they can easily suffer and die in a very short period of time. Here are the details of the case with a happy ending.