Pit Bull Rescued from Hot Car at Columbus Zoo

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The new “hot car” law (which protects people from lawsuits if they break car windows to rescue a pet from a hot car) doesn’t go into effect in Columbus, Ohio, until Aug. 29, but the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s security team nearly did it anyway this past weekend when they responded to a report that a dog had been left in the zoo’s parking lot.

And it began with a social media post.

On Saturday, a visitor posted on Facebook that she’d found a pit bull in a hot car in the lot. She was not the only concerned passerby; a crowd soon gathered. Zoo officials reported in a statement that the call came at 3:10 pm. Security showed immediately with a veterinary staff only minutes behind.

The team, per the Zoo’s statement, attempted to unlock the car numerous ways while vets monitored the dog. Thirty minutes later, just before 4:00 pm, they were able to remove him from the car.

Ohio’s ABC6 reported that a witness said the 4-month-old pit bull, named Prince, almost didn’t make it.

“The dog had panted so much to the point where the saliva was on the front window of the car. You could tell it was in distress,” Jordan Paice said. Security reported the inside temperature reaching 90 degrees with Prince inside.

Prince was taken to their animal health care center until the owner returned later that evening. Prince was then returned to his owner.

And regarding that new “hot car” law: you can’t simply break the glass. It requires you call police or 911 first. Window smashing is only permitted if you have reason to believe the pet’s life is in danger.

8 thoughts on “Pit Bull Rescued from Hot Car at Columbus Zoo”

  1. What the hell is wrong with people are they brain dead or what?? How many times has it been said”DO
    NOT LEAVE DOGS IN A HOT CAR” Anyone who does this now is an IDIOT! They must not care about there dog so they have no business with it. This owner should have not gotten the dog back. They will probably do it again. I’d of broken the window law or no law.

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  2. Like everyone else who have commented I am shocked this pup was returned to the idiot who left him locked in the hot car. Especially reading ” until the owner returned until the owner returned later that evening……. LATER THAT EVENING??!!!!!.I think they should have been made to sit in the a hot car with all windows closed for as many hours as that poor dog was left before they could get him back. Oh and pay a HUGE fine!!!

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  3. I am so disgusted with humans. I can’t stand it! How stupid can anyone be??? And the dog was given back to the owner? That is a travesty for that dog. It is only a matter of time before that DumbA$$ does it again! FOR SHAME!!

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  4. It’s redundant to say REALLY, they returned the pup to the owner, but I’m not surprised. Dogs/cats are considered property. Until these people are really held accountable this will happen again and again.

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  5. For the love of all that is good and holy . . . how can anyone be this stupid in this day and age. The media is ripe with warnings of pets, elderly and kids left in unguarded, heated conditions. I mean really people. So ridiculous.

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