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Police: Dogs left in hot car suffer heat stroke, seizure as owner enjoys movie theater

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Police, firefighters administer medical treatment to dogs suffering heat stroke after left in hot car (Source: Roswell PD) Police, firefighters administer medical treatment to dogs suffering heat stroke after left in hot car (Source: Roswell PD)
Dog suffers heat stroke, seizures after locked in hot car. (Source: Roswell PD) Dog suffers heat stroke, seizures after locked in hot car. (Source: Roswell PD)
Temperatures in the car reached 167 degrees while the dogs were locked inside. (Source: Roswell PD) Temperatures in the car reached 167 degrees while the dogs were locked inside. (Source: Roswell PD)
Police said the owner of the dogs was inside the movie theater while her pets were locked inside her car. (Source: Roswell PD) Police said the owner of the dogs was inside the movie theater while her pets were locked inside her car. (Source: Roswell PD)
Dog owner cools off dogs with water from fire hydrant. (Source: Roswell PD) Dog owner cools off dogs with water from fire hydrant. (Source: Roswell PD)
ROSWELL, GA (FOX Carolina) -

Police need your help spreading the word about the dangers of leaving pets inside hot vehicles after a close call over the weekend.

It was around 3:57 p.m. on July 2 when Roswell Police Department got a call from a concerned citizen about a dog suffering inside a hot car.

Police said the first officer responded in 18 seconds. The outcome may have been different if that officer had taken a second longer.

Responding officers arrived on the scene to find a small dog barking aggressively in the front seat of a parked car outside Studio Movie Grill. The entire incident was filmed on an officer's body camera.

In the footage, an officer can be seen using a thermometer to measure the temperature inside the vehicle. The vehicle registered between 161º and 167º in the front seat.

You can hear an officer say the dog had been inside the car for over an hour. Police said a second dog had crawled under the front seat to escape the direct sunlight, but emerged from under the seat as officers removed the first dog with an animal catch pole.

In the released body cam video, police can be seen trying to restrain the first dog with the catch pole, however the dog then suffered a heat stroke and subsequent seizure.

Roswell Georgia firefighters provided medical care to cool off and hydrate the animals, which were severely overheated.

According to PetMD, heat stroke in dogs is "typically associated with temperature of 106º F or higher," and can lead to multiple organ dysfunction.

In the footage, the owner of the dogs can be seen asking officers,"What happened to them?" as firefighters opened a fire hydrant to help the dogs cool off.

When asked by responding officers if she'd been out to check on the animals, she said she hadn't. Police said she finally arrived after emergency pages inside the movie theater.

"I'm thankful we got here just in time to save these animals' lives," said an officer to the owner in the footage.

The dogs were taken to an emergency animal hospital, treated and discharged in good health, according to police. The owner was charged with two counts of animal cruelty, and her dogs were seized as "evidence" by Fulton County Animal Control.

"If you see an animal trapped inside of a hot car, call 9-1-1, so that a tragedy can be avoided," said police.

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