VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Someone abandoned a puppy out in the heat in Virginia Beach Friday.
A teenager riding a bike found a boxer-Chihuahua mix in a crate at Oceana Park on Oceana Boulevard.
The teen then took the puppy to a the Beach Pet Hospital on Great Neck Road around 2 p.m. and veterinarians said if the dog was found just 15 minutes later, it likely would have died of heat stroke.
"In this kind of heat today, you cannot leave animals out in the car, out in the park, and this little fella was basically abandoned. That's just another thing you really shouldn't do," said Annette Still at Pet Guardian Pet Services, Inc. "I know people stress over taking an animal to a shelter, but they really would be safer. There's air-conditioning there, there's food and water. Had this little fella been left out there any longer, even another 15 minutes, he would have probably had a heat stroke and died."
The small dog, named Austin after his finder, was vaccinated and is well. The pup will soon be available for adoption through Pet Guardian Pet Services And Adoption , who told WAVY.com they have already received applications from people wanting Austin.
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