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Bulldog dies after rescued from hot car

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Thor is treated by veterinarians in Spartanburg. (Aug. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) Thor is treated by veterinarians in Spartanburg. (Aug. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Tony Davis (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Tony Davis (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)

Two Spartanburg Public Safety officers rescued a dog from inside a car parked at West Gate Mall on Sunday, but the dog did not survive.

Officers said they were called to the parking lot close to Sears about 3 p.m. after someone saw the dog inside the vehicle.

When officers located the car, they said the dog was wheezing, its tongue was hanging out, it was not barking and there was drool everywhere.

One of the officers got something to break the window while the other videotaped, and when they got the door open they saw the dog was chained by the neck to something in the car, according to the police report.

Police said the dog got sick, its tongue turned purple and they tried to give it water, but it was too weak to try and drink it. The dog was taken to the vet, police said.

A man approached the car along with a boy, then another woman and girl, the report stated. Police said they arrested the man, identified as Tony Davis, 33, of Fletcher, NC. Davis was charged with ill treatment of animals.

Veterinarian Dr. Michelle Welton said they believe the dog, whose name is Thor, had a temperature in excess of 109 degrees when he arrived at the emergency clinic. A spokesperson for the Spartanburg Humane Society said a normal dog's temperature when it's excited can range from 99 to 103 degrees.

Welton said Thor had bruising all over his body and was unable to see when he was brought in.

The dog's owner and Davis' girlfriend, Tonya Middleton, said Thor was on vacation with them, and they had stopped for about 30 to 45 minutes at the mall for a bathroom break.

"We're devastated. I cried. I sat with him on the floor at the vet's office," said Middleton.

Welton said any animal in a car needs to be thought of as a child.

"I can't be more serious than to say please don't leave your pets in the car because this does happen," Middleton said.

On Monday night, Thor's condition was listed as "guarded," according to the Spartanburg Humane Society. According to spokesperson Katie Freseman with the Humane Society, Thor died a short time later.

Freseman said Thor could not overcome his injuries sustained from the heat stroke.

"We were very sad to learn about Thor's passing, but if there is anything positive that can be taken away from it, it's that he has been able to reach many people about not leaving your pets in hot cars," Freseman told FOX Carolina.

Police said Davis' charge will not change, but Thor's death will be taken into account when the case goes to court.

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