PUPPY RESCUED FROM HOT CAR IN WALMART PARKING LOT - The dog’s temperature reached 103.7 degrees. A normal temperature is about 102 degrees. Although only a small degree in difference, anything nearing 104 degrees could prove to be fatal for a dog…”

A three-month-old Poodle mix named Sheri was left in a car by her owner in a Walmart parking lot in Riverside, California. The windows were cracked open only slightly and temperatures soared.  Fortunately, Sheri was rescued by an animal control officer and taken to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter for treatment. Sheri was eventually returned to her owner. Read more from mydesert.com:

Authorities are especially concerned about these types of incidents as summer is in full effect with temperatures — particularly in the Coachella Valley — climbing into the high 90s and triple digits for days at a time.

The dog’s temperature reached 103.7 degrees. A normal temperature is about 102 degrees. Although only a small degree in difference, anything nearing 104 degrees could prove to be fatal for a dog, said registered veterinary technician Kelly Faustina, with the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, where the dog was examined.

Sheri was stabilized and returned to the owner. Since the dog did not die, the woman was cited for leaving a pet inside a car unattended, according to the news release.

The woman’s vehicle, a minivan, had its windows cracked, but that didn’t matter on a furnace-like day that scorched the Inland Empire, said Officer Will Luna, who freed the dog from the vehicle.

“It was still much too hot for that little dog,” Luna said.

Do not leave dogs in hot cars. Please reblog and share this reminder! Click here for the full story. (PSA posters  from King County Pets - Regional Animal Services Facebook page and RSPCA Facebook page)