Passersby and a deputy from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office rescued a Husky dog from heatstroke in Woodside over the weekend, according to a Sheriff's Office report.
A woman called to report a Husky in distress inside a vehicle parked in front of Bucks restaurant on Saturday afternoon, July 26, deputies said.
Arriving on the scene, the deputy, who happened to have had training in handling such situations, said the dog was panting heavily and that his tongue was bright red, signs of the beginning stages of heatstroke, according to the report.
The rear windows had been lowered by about three inches on both sides, but there was no water inside for the dog, deputies said. The inside temperature of a parked vehicle can reach 120 degrees to 160 degrees on a hot day, deputies said. Even vehicles parked in the shade can become unbearable.
The owner could not be found, so the deputy unlocked the vehicle and released the dog. Bystanders offered the dog two bowls of water, both of which the dog drank completely, deputies said.
As the deputy was photographing the vehicle, the owner of the dog and the vehicle walked up. He contested the idea that his dog had been in danger and demanded a temperature reading be taken inside the vehicle, deputies said.
The man was issued a citation "based on the fact that the Husky had been in heatstroke from the extreme temperature of the vehicle," deputies said.