Dog trapped in hot car near the Zoo, rescued by Humane Society -

Dog trapped in hot car near the Zoo, rescued by Humane Society

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.COM) - The Missouri Humane Society's Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued a dog from a hot SUV outside the St. Louis Zoo on Tuesday.

A passerby spotted a Chihuahua in a Ford Explorer that was parked in the sun. The dog was panting and appeared to be in distress.

Mike Perkins, director of the task force, told News 4 the temperature inside the vehicle hit 130 degrees. 

News 4 was on the scene as task force members, along with the assistance of security personnel from the zoo, opened the vehicle door and rescued the dog. It was taken to the Humane Society to be checked out and later was declared to be okay.

The owner of the dog returned to her SUV 90 minutes later and became irate when she saw a News 4 crew waiting on her. She tried to push the News 4 camera away and then attempted to block the lens. She claimed that she left the vehicle running but Humane Society workers said it wasn't.

News 4 has learned the owner of the dog is from Marshfield, MO. She could face neglect or animal cruelty charges but that decision will be up to the Circuit Attorney's Office

If you find a dog left in a hot car, it's recommended you call 911 and then the Humane Society Hotline at 314-647-4400.

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