PETA gives Kansas City Police Department award for saving dog from hot car in strip mall

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A 4-month-old Chihuahua is expected to survive after being left in a hot car for nearly two hours.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — PETA recognized the Kansas City Police Department and gave them an award for saving a dog from a hot car on Saturday.

The award is called a Compassionate Police Department Award.

The four-month old Chihuahua puppy was left in a hot car at a Liberty Strip mall for nearly two hours. When police freed the puppy, they rushed it to Pet Smart. Responders say its internal temperature was 107 degrees. The puppy is expected to survive and will be able for adoption once he fully recovers.

“The quick actions of the Kansas City Police Department spared this little dog an agonizing death,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien in a press release. “Every summer, many more dogs die horrific, preventable deaths in hot cars, and that’s why PETA calls on bystanders to act quickly when a dog is left inside a car during hot months—even if the windows are cracked.”

PETA will present the police department with a framed certificated and a box of vegan cookies.

The dog’s owner now faces animal cruelty charges.

PETA and the Kansas City Police Department warn all pet owners to never leave your pet in a parked car.

“On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes,” PETA says.

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