The Animal Rescue League of Boston and firefighters teamed up to rescue a dog from a hot car Wednesday, prompting the group to remind owners to think twice before taking pets out on errands during hot summer days.
The dog, which appeared to be a miniature pinscher, was left in a car with the windows rolled up near the Public Garden on Beacon Street, said Rescue League spokeswoman Ami Bowen.
A parking enforcement officer checking meters in the area saw the dog and reported the incident to the Rescue League, which then contacted the Boston Fire Department to assist, Bowen said. She said the dog was safely removed, although she had no details on how that was accomplished.
The dog’s health did not seem compromised, and officials brought the animal back to the shelter where the owner retrieved it, Bowen said.
Bowen said the owner was apologetic when the Rescue League director explained the potentially fatal implications of leaving dogs in hot cars. If the dog was harmed, the incident could have turned into a case of animal cruelty, she said.
Bowen said leaving a dog in a hot car is the most common cause of heat stroke in the animal.
“Dogs do not sweat and cool themselves off in the same way that people do,” Bowen said. “Even with the windows cracked in a car, it only takes little more than 10 minutes for the temperature to rise in the vehicle on an 80-degree day.”Trisha Thadani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.