Officers received a call around 12:30 p.m., Monday, and discovered upon arrival that the windows of the vehicle were cracked open about 2 inches, with one of the dogs tethered and unable to get to fresh air or shade. Another one of the dogs showed signs of aggression, according to a news release from the Lebanon Police Department.
The tethered dog reportedly began showing signs of labored breathing and weakness while officers and Animal Control were present. Although the owners arrived while LPD was still on the scene and tried offering the injured dog water, the news release said that the animal was too weak to drink.
Animal Control took custody of all three dogs. A veterinarian was called to treat the injured dog; however, it died a short time later. The cause of death is still being evaluated at this time.
Chief Scott Bowen said he and his officers ask the public to please be mindful of their pets as the summer heat is on the rise. Even just a minute can be deadly. In the shade, a car can still be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than outdoors and cracking a window has almost no effect.
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