NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A shopping trip quickly turned into a rescue operation for a local woman at the Norfolk Premium Outlets.
Latoya White spotted a dog in a car Sunday around 1 in the afternoon and quickly dialed the non-emergency line.
“I’m not understanding how, why, I don’t understand,” said White.
White snapped pictures and waited for Animal Control to show up.
“It’s a dog, why is it in there?” she asked.
The fire department arrived at the Norfolk outlet mall, too. According to Norfolk police, the windows of the car were cracked and firefighters were able to get the door open and get the dog out.
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The fire department measured the inside of the car after the rescue, and it was 120 degrees.
“I don’t think she would have made it, 120, I don’t want to sit in a vehicle that’s 120 degrees,” White said.
Earlier this summer, the Norfolk Police Department released a video to remind folks about pets in cars.
Police officers say the temperature in your vehicle can go up 10 degrees every hour that it sits in the sun.
Police say it can lead to heat stroke, brain damage and death. During the summer months, animal protection responds to dogs in hot cars on a daily basis. For White, a pet owner herself, she wants to remind others of the same danger, one she saw firsthand.
“I couldn’t imagine coming home and my two not being home, I couldn’t do it.”
Norfolk police tell 10 On Your Side that Animal Control took the dog to a shelter, and because the dog was in stable condition, the owners were able to pick the dog up. The owners were cited, according to police.