Two small dogs were rescued from a hot car in Mississippi after their owner reportedly left them there for hours while he sold lemonade nearby.
A Jefferson County, Mississippi, sheriff’s sergeant was working at the Triumph Superbike Challenge on Sunday when track security officers brought the dogs to his attention, AL.com reports. Both were inside a green Ford F-250 that was parked and unattended.
The dogs were reportedly whining, which is when the officers noticed them on the floorboard of the truck. They were also panting heavily and appeared distressed.
The outside temperature was around 89 degrees, but the truck temperature was roughly 130 degrees.
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“Thank goodness someone noticed this and summoned our sergeant over to take the proper action,” sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian said. “It’s really sad and hard to understand someone could or would subject a pet to that.”
Authorities managed to unlock the door, move the dogs to an air conditioned van, and give them water, The Times Picayune reports.
Authorities located Timothy Joe Colvin, the 56-year-old owner of both dogs. Colvin argued that he had checked out of his hotel that morning and left the dogs to sell lemonade. He admitted that they had been in the car for six to seven hours, but said that he had checked on them 45 minutes before they were rescued.
Colvin was booked at the Jefferson County Jail on Sunday. He is being charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and was released after posting $3,000 bond.
The dogs were handed over to Greater Birmingham Humane Society, according to court records. He will have a hearing to determine whether he can regain custody of his dogs, AL.com reports.
Photo Credit: AL.com/Jefferson County Sheriff's Office