When conditions are too hot or too cold, or if the animal is not left proper ventilation, the animal could be at risk for serious injuries or even death. As a result, it is illegal to leave a pet unattended in a motor vehicle. With the summer months upon us, there will no doubt to be cruel people out there leaving dogs, cats and other companion animals alone in hot cars. Those of us who are aware of the problem know that leaving an animal alone in a hot car even for a few minutes, even if the car is in the shade and the windows are cracked can kill an animal.
Good Samaritans who try to rescue a pet from a hot car are either praised as heroes or charged with anything from criminal trespass to breaking and entering. There are certain steps that should be taken upon seeing an animal alone in a car on a hot summer’s day. Meet our hero, Jason Minson is a veteran who recently went through this sort of experience. He is a landscaper who lives in Virginia. Minson was out on the job one day when he came across a dog in need.
He was on his way home when he heard a loud noise in the street. A car had bumped into another vehicle when they were making their way down the street.
He approached the car and noticed that there was a dog inside who was disturbed. The noise of the collision woke the animal up. The poor dog was clearly way too hot and Jason came to know that the pooch needed to be saved from this hell.
He knew that the dog was not going to lose his life if he helped out. He contacted 911 and police dispatched a unit but they didn’t allow Jason to break the window as this is a crime in the state of Virginia. The laws do vary from state to state, though. The window was open just a little and Jason offered the dog a bottle of water. The dog was so thirsty that they went through a bottle within minutes. Jason offered a second water bottle and the dog quickly drank it too.
It was 20 minutes later and still no animal control. The dog was losing its ability to sit up. Jason smashed the window without any regret. The person responsible for leaving the dog was charged and he was not. The dog has since been taken to a local shelter. He proves to be a brave guy who thought of the poor soul in difficulty not his punishment. Below are the videos he took at the time. If they don't load, click this link to go to his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jason.minson.14/videos/10156993332710309 and https://www.facebook.com/668895308/videos/10156993332870309/
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