Deputy Tries to Break Car Window to Rescue Trapped Service Dog, Captured on Video
SPRING HILL – Thanks to several observant Passersby, a service dog was rescued from inside a locked car while the owner went shopping in the Winn Dixie grocery store on Mariner Blvd.
According to one witness, “Tyler,” he noticed the dog trapped inside the locked Nissan with the windows up and decided to call 911. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and immediately determined that too much time had passed and that the animal may be suffering. In an attempt to rescue the animal, one of the deputies used his flashlight to try and break the passenger side window. When that failed he tried using a steel scissor jack to break the window but that also failed. Moments later the dog’s owner exited the Winn Dixie and yelled “Hey, the windows are down.” When deputies checked under the tinted rain shields, they found a tiny crack in one of the windows. One of the deputies was overheard saying “That’s not enough.”
Deputies escorted the dog’s owner to a patrol car where he provided a written statement and waited for Animal control to arrive.
RNRF was unable to speak with the owner at the scene, so It is unknown at this time if he was cited or if Animal Control impounded his dog.
Bystander Joyce Byrd says the dog was trapped inside the hot car for over 30 minutes before being rescued. Byrd further stated that she was prepared to bust the window out of the car just before deputies arrived on scene.
Once out of the car, several bystanders provided water and comforted the dog during the investigation.
We will bring more on this story once Officials release a full report.
RNRF captured the incident as it occurred. Click below to watch video.
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