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A 2-month-old puppy was rescued Wednesday from of a boiling hot car after the dog’s owner had left her without water and little air, according to animal control officers.

The black-and-white pit bull mix, named Misty, was spotted about 10:30 a.m. in a white sedan parked near the intersection of Lemon and 12th streets in downtown Riverside, said Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh.

He said animal control officers were alerted and arrived a few minutes later. Because the windows were cracked open, officers were able to unlock the door without breaking the window glass. The interior temperature had reached 133 degrees by the time the canine was rescued, according to Welsh, who said the dog had been in the car for at least 30 minutes.

The owner, a man whose identity was not released, was located and issued a $250 citation.

Veterinary staff at the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley treated the pup for heat exhaustion.

Welsh said the incident highlights the importance of taking extra care to keep pets in cool places as extreme heat conditions persist throughout the region.

“It does not take long for a dog to expire in a hot vehicle,” he said. “This could have been a lot worse.”

–City News Service

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