Dog Dies After Being Left In Hot Car At Wolfchase Galleria

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis police are investigating the death of a dog left in a hot car at Wolfchase Galleria Wednesday.
 
It happened around 1:45 p.m. on the hottest day of they year so far. According to one of the officers, the temperature was 99 degrees when he arrived on the scene.
 
Madison Ford, Michele Horne and James Harwood saw the little dog in the car as they were walking into the mall. 
 
"The dog was whimpering," recalled Ford.
 
"But nobody wanted to open the door," said Horne.
 
Inside a blue Ford Fusion was a small terrier, sitting in the passenger seat, panting and foaming at the mouth. The engine was turned off and the windows left slightly down. 
 
"It was pretty much almost dead at this point," said Harwood.
 
Harwood said plenty of onlookers stood by, afraid to do anything. So he decided to reach into the car, unlock the doors, and grab the dog. The trio then rushed the dog to the Bartlett Animal Shelter as fast as they could. 
 
"It died in my lap on the way, actually, but I was giving it water as much as I could trying to cool it off," said Harwood.
 
"That somebody would leave a dog in this weather in the car," said Harwood.
 
"That it dies in his lap and it's having a seizure, foaming at the mouth because it's so dehydrated," said Ford.
 
The trio says they saw the couple who left the dog behind and have a message for them. 
 
"What makes you think you think you can leave your dog in your car for four hours and it not be hot or die? I just don't understand where that logic comes from," said Ford.
 
Police say the dog's owners told officers they left a window cracked and a cup of water and that they were unaware that the temperature in the car had gotten too hot for the dog. 
 
Police have not yet said if anyone will be charged in this case.
 
16 states have laws that prohibit leaving your dog in a parked vehicle. None of those states include Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi. 
 
In Tennessee, if you see an animal trapped in a hot car, you can save it. The extension of the good Samaritan law went into effect July 1, 2015, and allows people to break into a car if a child is trapped inside.  
 
The measure protects people from civil liability if they damage a car while trying to rescue an animal in danger. Specific steps must be taken, including attempting to find the owner and notifying law enforcement. 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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