Jason Brown, a Red Bull employee who was returning to his car after delivering energy drinks to a Walmart shop in Las Vegas, observed something unsettling. There were three dogs trapped inside an automobile.
It was a hot summer day, with temperatures reaching 96 degrees, therefore, one of the car’s rear windows had been partially rolled down. The dogs, two Pugs and a German Shepherd, were clearly suffering, as they were panting quite heavily.
Jason hurried up to a Walmart security guard and reported what he observed. The canines required quick assistance, but they were unwilling to break the law by shattering the windows. So they called the police and demanded their immediate action. The policemen complied.
The responders were able to open the door without much difficulty. They quickly took the dogs out from the oven-like vehicle one by one. One of the pugs had trouble breathing, so he was the first to be transferred to the patrol car. The air conditioning was already on full blast and ready for them.
The three canines were transported to a nearby veterinary clinic. However, the oldest of the pack, a 14-year-old Pug named Zachary, was already suffering from heatstroke-induced seizures. The veterinarians were forced to euthanize the poor dog. The two other dogs were nursed back to health.
Without any kind of rescue, it was likely that they would have all perished.
Some of the police officers waited for the dog’s owner in the parking lot. Upon her return, she was brought to their precinct. Yean Sia, a 62-year-old local resident, is the dogs’ owner.
Infuriated by Zachary’s death, the police charged her with three counts of willful, malicious torture. If convicted, she could be imprisoned and fined.
The authorities hope this serves as a lesson for all pet owners, especially now that record-breaking heatwaves are happening everywhere.