Loveland police rescue puppy from hot truck

LOVELAND, Colorado (KDVR) – A Doberman Pinscher puppy was rescued from a hot truck at the Loveland Walmart on East Eisenhower Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

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Michelle Sparks, a Loveland resident, called the Loveland police when she saw a puppy tied to the back seat of a black Dodge Ram. According to police, the puppy whimpered and tried to get air through a partially open window.

Loveland Officer Yoder was able to push her arm through the partially open passenger window of the truck and unlock the vehicle.

The puppy was given two bottles of water and placed in Larimer County Animal Control’s air-conditioned van to cool off.

The temperatures inside the truck fluctuated between 114 degrees and 140 degrees. According to the animal welfare officer, the puppy was in immediate mortal danger.

Photo credit: LPD

The rescued puppy’s owner handed him over to the Larimer County Humane Society Thursday. The puppy is in great shape.

Before breaking into a vehicle, you must first do the following:

  • Have a reasonable belief that the child or pet is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm
  • Make reasonable efforts to contact the owner and law enforcement agencies
  • Before driving in, check that the vehicle is locked
  • Stay with the animal or child until law enforcement or first responders arrive. If the person needs to leave the scene before they arrive, a notice with contact information must be left on the vehicle
  • Make sure the vehicle is not a law enforcement vehicle
  • Do not use more force than is reasonable to enter the locked vehicle

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