Man smashes window to rescue puppy trapped in hot car

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A man working on a job site in Virginia saw a dog trapped inside a hot car and smashed out the car window to free the pup, who was visibly suffering from the heat.

Jason Minson told WTKR it was more than 80 degrees Tuesday afternoon when he saw the black lab mix puppy trying to get cool inside a car parked near Old Dominion University.

He said the window was cracked about an inch, so he gave the dog water from a water bottle - and it drank two full bottles. Minson said he had called police right away to report the dog was trapped, but it took them some time to respond to the area.

"Hang in there, we got the police on the way," he's heard telling the dog in video of the incident.

In the video, Minson said he thought the dog was going to die.

"It's cruelty leaving a living being in conditions that hot, it's cruel," he said.

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Norfolk Police said their officers can smash out a car window to rescue a dog if the circumstances call for that, but Minson did not feel like he could wait.

"I honestly didn’t think the dog would make it long enough for the fire department to get there," he said.

The dog was taken by Animal Control officers and is doing better now in the care of staff at the animal shelter.

Minson is an Army veteran who has a Great Dane service dog named Rex. He said he would never think to leave his dog in a hot vehicle, just like he would not leave one of his children in those conditions.

"They depend on us to take care of them like a child would. If you're going to be a dog owner, you have to step up to those responsibilities," he said.

If the roles were reversed, Minson said he would hope someone would act on behalf of his dog.

"Everyone is always in a rush. Rush here, rush there, pick up kids, get groceries and we forget. I don’t know how you could, but some people forget. If I ever got out and went in the store and forgot about Rex, I would pray someone would knock my window out," Minson said.

Charges are pending against the dog's owner.