ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell police freed two small dogs Sunday, July 2 from a car that had reached temperatures of over 160 degrees.
Police were called shortly before 4 p.m. to the Studio Movie Grill parking lot on Holcomb Bridge Road to help two distressed dogs. Only one was visible at first in the black Chevrolet Impala. The second had hid under a car seat in an attempt to shield itself from the sun.
The inside of the car was 167 degrees and the dogs had been in the car for more than an hour, according to police.
“The windows were actually cracked, all of the windows were cracked, but that doesn’t mean, you know, that the car is getting any sort of breeze,” Roswell Public Information Officer Lisa Holland said. “It was parked directly in the sunshine. There was no shade for this car.”
Both dogs were suffering from heat stroke and one went into a heat stroke-related seizure, police said.
They were treated on the scene by emergency responders, who had to crack open a fire hydrant to cool the dogs down. The pair was later taken to an emergency animal hospital and discharged with good health.
The owner of the dogs, Shaquanda Cole, 35, of Bonaire was charged with two counts of animal cruelty. The dogs were taken into Fulton County Animal Control custody as evidence.