A North Carolina man has been arrested in Spartanburg after leaving his bulldog in a hot car, WYFF4 reported August 12.
The incident occurred at Westgate mall on Sunday afternoon when someone called and reported a bulldog had been left inside a hot car. Outdoor temperatures in Spartanburg were is the 90’s, with humidity near 100%.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he found the dog with a lot of saliva around the mouth. The dog also appeared to be in respiratory distress. Shortly after the rescue, the dog vomited and its tongue had turned purple. The dog was also too distressed to drink water the officers were trying to give it.
The owner of the car, Tony Davis, along with his girlfriend Tonya Middleton stated in an interview with Mike McCormick of WYFF4 that the family had stopped at the mall for a bathroom break on a return trip from the beach.
Davis was taken to Spartanburg County Detention Center after being charged with ill treatment of animals.
The on and a half-year-old bulldog, named Thor, was taken to Spartanburg County Humane Society and is in critical condition. Thor’s condition is listed as guarded after he suffered a heat stroke and is now fighting for his life.
While it’s unsafe to leave any dog in a hot car, bulldogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related conditions. If you’re going out with your dog, be sure to take your dog with you anytime you exit the car.
Police take cases where dogs are left in hot cars very seriously. Your dog could die in as little as five minutes, and you could be charged with animal cruelty.