RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – After an extremely hot day on June 16, a News 4 viewer says owners left their dog in a hot car in Richmond Heights.
A News 4 viewer, Karon Hatchett, immediately called News 4 when she heard a puppy whimpering in a van in the University Tower parking garage across the street from the St. Louis Galleria.
Hatchett says the puppy was inside the van for at least an hour and a half. The two back windows of the van were allegedly cracked open while the two front windows were closed.
Dr. Kelly Ryan, a veterinarian at Animal Medical Center of Mid-America says in hot conditions, pets are quickly in danger.
"It can be as few as minutes, it can happen so fast, that's the part you never know, you're taking a gamble even with a young, healthy dog, just too dangerous," said Dr. Ryan.
Hatchett says she called police who contacted building security.
Police talked to the owners at the garage, then sent them on their way.
Police say the puppy appears to be okay.
"I tried to explain to her I know you love your dog but it's just too hot," said Hatchett.
Dr. Ryan gives important advice to dog owners.
"The biggest catch-phrase is if it's 70 degrees or over, don't take Rover," said Dr. Ryan.
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