On July 2 in Roswell, Georgia, it was a sweltering 89 degrees outside when police responded to a call about a dog trapped in a Chevy Impala that was parked in a movie theater's parking lot, WSB-TV2 reported.
The Impala was parked in direct sunlight, and even though all the windows were cracked, the inside temperature was 167 degrees.
After getting the car open, the officers discovered a second dog, too. They rescued both animals from the car and opened a fire hydrant to let them cool off, Fox8 reported.
The animals were treated at an emergency animal hospital and have been released in good condition, WSAV reported. They are also now evidence in the case.
The owner, Shaquanda Cole, and her family were inside watching a movie. She's due in court next month on two counts of animal cruelty, which is a fine of $1,000 or up to six months in jail.
Only 26 states have laws that ban people from leaving animals in a confined and unoccupied vehicle. The temperature inside cars rises incredibly fast, up to 40 degrees in just 60 minutes, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
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