Police Rescue Dog from Locked Car in Florida

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Thanks to a passerby and a police officer, a dog in Clearwater, Florida was saved from what could have been a tragic and unnecessary death.

Police Sgt. Joel Morley was working at an off-duty job at a pier when he was summoned and notified of a dog locked in a vehicle.  The engine was off and the windows were all the way up.  Temperatures were 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the inside of the car could become much hotter.

Morley waited near the car, hoping that the owner would be back soon.  But the pit bull mix was becoming distraught, and he knew that he must act fast.  He broke a window and released the dog, whose name is Power.  Power was very friendly, and very thirsty.

Melody E. Dayer, Power’s 20-year-old owner, returned about an hour later.  She was intoxicated and confessed that she left her dog in the car for about two hours while she was hanging out in the area.

The Tennessee resident, who was visiting in Florida, was arrested for animal cruelty, and Power has been turned over to the SPCA.




8 thoughts on “Police Rescue Dog from Locked Car in Florida”

  1. If you see something, say and do something. Thank you to the officer for saving this dog. To the former owner – a pet is not an accessory. Leaving a dog for 2 hours in a locked car on a hot day while you go get drunk is just dumb. Don’t get a pet until you can handle the responsibility.

    • I could not have said it better. Thank you to the passerby and the officer for their concern and actions.

  2. she should have also been cited for underage drinking and it also seems like she was planning to drive while intoxicated…..almost killed her dog and may have also killed other innocent living beings while driving under the influence…good thing that cop was there to prevent both from happening. This girl needs to seriously grow up!!! I am glad the dog was saved.

  3. dogs are like having a child if you are going to have you need to be ready to accept all the responsibility,s that come along with that thank you to the officer and the passer by that took action!

  4. I love my 3dogs and would never leave them in a hot car for 1minute much less 2hours.they need to leave her in a hot car for 2hours in death valley let her know how it feels.

  5. So glad that Power was freed…..another disturbing part of the story is that she was only 20 and intoxicated…..where was she being served?!?!

    • in florida last i heard it used to be legal for an 18 year old to drink i havent been back for awhile so im not sure


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