BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A Good Samaritan shopper says that it was over 90 degrees outside as she was walking through the parking lot and heard the faint crying of an 8-week-old puppy locked inside a hot car.
Becki Butler, the shopper noticed the puppy inside the hot vehicle, says that the dog was whining and crying a lot. She saw the puppy in the back seat, trying to hide from the sun. The window of the vehicle was only slightly cracked. "It had a crack, maybe 1.5 inches. I put my hand through to feel how hot it was and it started licking me with a dry tongue," Becki said.
Becki noticed the puppy panting hard, so she ran into Wal-Mart to get help. Another shopper overheard and said "where is the dog?" Rescuers then worked together to save the dog. One of them pulled on the window to create enough space for the other to put his hand in and unlock the door, getting the puppy out. They were successful and say that the puppy was extremely dehydrated.
While tending to the puppy, both rescuers were shocked by the car owner's reaction when she came out 45 minutes later. They say she put her head down, wouldn't even look at them, drove and picked up the other two people, and left. She had no inquiry about the dog, the condition of the dog, or how they got into the car to get the dog.
Deputies were informed about what happened and responded to the scene. They took custody of the puppy. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office says she must wait for a five-day holding period and completion of an investigation before the dog will be put up for adoption.
Butler says that "I'm a little heart broken, I've already cried about it." She also said that "if I have it within my power, we will bring it home."