Dog in Alabama dies after being left in heated car for 7 hours, despite rescue efforts

Police officers managed to break the car window, rescuing Sky, still breathing, from the back of the car. However, the seven-year-old dog eventually died.
Police officers managed to break the car window, rescuing Sky, still breathing, from the back of the car. However, the seven-year-old dog eventually died.PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/STACY GUTHRIE

A seven-year-old dog named Sky died in the United States after she was left in a parked car for seven hours.

Passers-by and police officers gathered around the car to help rescue the dog from the scorching car, parked outside a Walmart in Trussville, Alabama, on Wednesday (July 4).

The rescue was captured live on Facebook by Ms Stacy Guthrie, who was at the scene.

In her caption, Ms Guthrie said multiple efforts were made to smash the car window before the recording started, including using a tyre lever, a flashlight and other items in other people's cars.

She was heard saying in the video: "That dog is gonna be dead by the time they get that door open."

Eventually, police officers managed to break the car window, rescuing Sky, still breathing, from the back of the car.

"Yes, there you go, praise the Lord," said Ms Guthrie after the window was smashed open.

Police officers then laid Sky on a bed of paper towels with ice, and tried to feed her water. Someone also tried to provide shade for the dog with a blanket.

Many were heard encouraging the dog to perservere, saying: "Come on, buddy, breathe!" Another passer-by was also seen rubbing water over the dog in attempts to cool her down.

However, despite their efforts, the dog remained listless. "It's too late," one police officer was heard saying. "There's nothing much we can do now."

Just minutes after, Sky took her last breath and died. "She's gone," Ms Guthrie was heard crying as she told another passer-by the tragic news.

According to Ms Guthrie, Sky's owner was paged several times inside the store, using a description of the vehicle and then with the owner's name after police officers ran the car licence plate number.

 

When there was no response, officers obtained permission from their supervisor to break one of the car windows, reported media outlet Al.com.

Trussville police officer Phil Dillon said the car had been parked there since 4am, and officers responded to the incident at 11am.

The owner has since been identified as 34-year-old Shae Thomas, who will be charged for aggravated cruelty to animals, said local police on Friday.

Thomas told Al.com: "I killed something I was supposed to take care of. I deserve whatever is coming because Sky didn't deserve that."

Thomas said she rescued Sky, who was abandoned on the side of the road, when she was four weeks old. "I loved my dog, I truly did," she added.