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Dog Left in Hot Car in Manor Now Recovering After Rescue

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According to CBS DFW, the heat index around Manor, Texas hit 109 degrees on Monday. Heat like that can be fatal to dogs left in cars, but miraculously, a 10-week-old puppy rescued from inside a hot vehicle in Manor is reportedly recovering from the incident.

Thankfully, Doctor Katharine Lund at the Austin Animal Center knew exactly how to treat the German Shepherd-Husky mix. But she told the news that if Annabella had been left even minutes longer in the hot vehicle, she would have passed away. Her owner was arrested and could soon lose ownership of their pet dog.

Annabella’s story serves as a reminder that like people, animals suffer when left inside of hot cars for even brief amounts of time. BarkPost.com says, “On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise to approximately 119 degrees in 30 minutes. This is similar to the dead of summer in the deserts of Saudi Arabia.” Imagine how much more aggressive the heat feels during a Texas summer!

“Normal temperature for a canine is from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Heatstroke is defined as a state of extreme hyperthermia with body temperatures of 106-109 degrees, resulting in thermal injury to body tissues,” BarkPost explains. When overheating, dogs can develop permanent internal issues and even die.

If you see an animal left in a car, call Animal Control immediately.