KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals fans became heroes after saving an 8-week-old puppy locked in a car in the parking lot of Kauffman Stadium.
The save happened on Sunday afternoon as the Royals and Detroit Tigers wrapped up a four-game weekend series inside the stadium.
Michael Warner was walking back to his car with family when he heard a whimpering. He eventually found the source was the puppy stuck in a car with the windows barely cracked.
“First I was like, there better not be a baby in a car. I walked over and started looking through cars. I found this blue car that had a little puppy in the back seat,” Warner recalled.
He and his family left Sunday's royals game early when he heard the puppy’s cries for help. He then told his brother Josh Lee, wife Erin and 5-year-old son Hudson to start searching for the source.
“We're leaving because we were outside and that hot. Now, we come across a dog stuck in a car,” Josh Lee said.
“The puppy was hot, his body as hot, his mouth was dry. It was really sad,” Erin Lee said.
Josh called 911, Erin flagged down Royals staff members, and when given the go, Warner pulled down the window that was cracked just enough for his hand to fit through.
“When I pulled him out, his paws were bright red,” Warner described.
A spokesman for the Royals told FOX 4 that animals are rescued from a hot car three to four times a year. Only service animals are allowed in the stadium. There's no policy that prohibits animals from being brought to the sports complex. That's why there's now a petition to hopefully change that.
“There was no breeze in the parking lot, you’re in the middle of a parking lot, there’s no shade. It was easily 20 to30 degrees hotter than it was outside. It was over 100 degrees inside that car,” Warner said.
Warner said he's glad he decided to leave when he did. The game went into extra innings. That puppy stayed overnight with a Royals employee, and then was later turned over to KC Pet Project.
There's a five-day hold on the puppy to see if the owner comes forward to claim him. Otherwise, he will be open to adoption.