DENISON, TX-Charges are pending for a Grayson county woman accused of leaving her pets inside a hot car, which turned deadly within minutes. Law enforcement and a local veterinarian tell us how you can protect your pets from the heat.
Grayson College Police Chief Andrew McPherson said Tuesday, a female student rushed from class to the campus police station in distress.
"She claims that she had forgotten she left her dogs in her car, leaving them in there for two hours and 15 minutes with the windows rolled up and one dog was deceased," he said.
McPherson said officers saw another dog clinging to life inside the car and rushed it to a local veterinarian. The dog died later that afternoon.
"Even during 80 degree days, 60 degree days, it doesn't take long for a car to turn into an oven," he said.
The two dogs were left in this car for over two hours and it can get as hot as 130 degrees in a car in 90 degree weather.
"Their body basically goes into shock, their core temperature heats up, causing extreme internal damage and even death."
Best Friends Animal Hospital's Dr. Dale Butler said they admit dozens of pets every summer left in hot cars or closed spaces and he said they only have a small margin on whether or not they can save the animal.
"Sometimes we can catch them early and we can save them, but sometimes they're just too far gone and that's just a tragedy," he said.
Butler said if you're out running errands in the summertime, it's best to leave your pets at home.
"Even if you roll the window some, it still traps an awful lot of heat in there so I wouldn't just take the chance doing that if you can leave your animal home this time of year," he said.
And McPherson advised to double check your vehicle.
"Just take a moment, even if you're running late for class , the professor's gonna understand. Check your vehicle, check your vehicle for anything you may have left there, especially your pet," he said.
McPherson said they have filed charges against the woman for two counts of animal cruelty, a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail for each count.
An arrest warrant is pending.