Small dog rescued from inside 131-degree car in California

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — A small dog was rescued Monday from inside a car in California that was a scorching 131 degrees.

A good Samaritan was passing by when he heard the yelps of a small dog, Boomer, coming from a parked car, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.

Yesterday afternoon, a small dog was heard yelping from inside of a vehicle. A passerby immediately became concerned...

Posted by Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Since the temperature outside at the time was 99 degrees, the person, concerned about Boomer's well-being, went over to check on the pup, investigators said.

Boomer was in distress and not moving. The person rescued him from the vehicle and attempted life-saving measures. It was unclear how the man gained access to the vehicle.

Deputies arrived and put Boomer in an air-conditioned vehicle.

The dog's owner was located and arrested on charges of suspicion of animal cruelty, officials said.

“Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach more than 120 degrees within minutes, even with the windows partly opened on a cloudy day,” the sheriff’s office said on social media. “Exposure to such high temperatures can quickly kill a person or pet. A body temperature of just 107 degrees may cause brain damage or death from heatstroke.”

Boomer is available for adoption at the Ramona Humane Society.