SAN DIEGO – A dog that was left inside a hot car in Chollas View on Wednesday had to be rescued by San Diego police.
The 7-month-old Chihuahua named Valentine is doing fine now, despite the fact that his owner left him inside the car while he shopped at the Northgate Market in the 1400 block of South 43rd Street.
Police tell 10News customers noticed the animal struggling and called 911.
“I saw the dog inside the back seat and when I saw the dog, the dog was shaking aggressively and kept shaking,” said San Diego police Officer Jadarric Davis.
Davis says he tapped on the window while they waited for the owner but when the dog stopped reacting, he took action.
“After about 10 minutes, you know, the dog stopped responding and that’s when I got permission from my sergeant to break the windshield,” he said. “I broke the windshield and grabbed the dog out.”
Animal control officers measured the temperature in the car, which was 108 degrees.
Last week, a pit bull was rescued from a hot car parked in downtown San Diego, which was also more than 100 degrees inside.
Officers will issue the charges through the District Attorney’s Office because of the severity of the heat.
“I mean, I was just in there for like 10 minutes,” said the dog’s owner.
He spoke only to 10News and admitted he made a mistake.
“They took the dog. I don’t know … I think they said I could call later and try to get him back,” he said. “I don’t know what stuff they’re charging me.”