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Jun 25, 2011 12:28 AM by Matt Stafford

Close call for pup gives a reminder to pet owners

"He was pretty happy to get out of the car," Erica Meyer, with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, tells News First 5 after a dog had to be removed from a SUV parked near Southgate Road in Colorado Springs Friday.

Someone called in about the dog in distress just before 1:30 p.m., and crews got the dog out just in time.

"It was about 90 degrees outside or more; temperature in the car, from what she could read just from the tips of her fingers, and noted that the car was about 120 (degrees)," says Meyer.

Crews arrived at 1:30, the owner showed up an hour later. She was given two animal cruelty tickets.

"The first was because she had not provided any water for the dog and the second was for neglect," adds Meyer.

NF5 tried to hear the dog's owner's side of the story, but she declined to give it.

The dog went home with its owner. The Humane Society says that's because the dog was recovering and the owner didn't have history of animal cruelty.

They say this close call should be a lesson for pet owners

"Even if it's a little bit chilly outside; if you have your dog in your car and the sun is shining, your car is starting to heat up inside and dogs can only withstand temperatures of -- the highest number -- 107, for very short periods of time," says Meyer. She adds that in this situation the cars windows were cracked, but it was not enough to help cut down the heat.

"Bottom line is that when it's this hot, just leave your pet at home in the air conditioning, they'll appreciate it more."

If you see a dog in distress you can call the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region; the number is 473-1741, or call your local police station. They say if you do need to call in a dog in distress, some helpful information to give is car type, color, location, car tag number, and a description of the dog (what they look like and what condition they look to be in).

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