A Virginia man says he doesn’t regret shattering a car window to release a puppy from the hot vehicle.
When he saw the dog, he contacted 911, but he thought they were taking too long, thankfully Jason Minson recorded everything himself.
Minson, a landscaper, was investigating a tree in a Norfolk yard when he heard a crash.
He checked out the noise and discovered a car had hit a parked automobile. Minson found a dog when he checked the parked car. He thinks the crash roused the panting puppy.
“It was the kind of panting that was the last effort a dog does to try to cool himself off,” Minson, who also has a Great Dane, told The Dodo.
He dialed 911 and was informed police were on the way. That shouldn’t take long. Each minute, the creature seemed to struggle more. It was like a countdown, and Jason couldn’t do anything.
After calling the police, Animal Control arrived 20 minutes later. Minson claimed the dog drank two water bottles while his owner was missing:
“I asked if I could bust the window out to go ahead and get the dog out of the car, because you know it was really hot, and they said no. If I did, I could be arrested and charged with breaking and entering,” he said.
Minson said, “I looked over and the dog was laying back down on the floor. It wasn’t panting as fast or as heavy anymore, so I knew it was going downhill quick and I finally just kind of lost my temper.”
“I wasn’t going to watch that dog d.i.e, so I took it upon myself to bust the window out and I was like ‘if they want to arrest me for it, they can, but I’m not going to watch this dog d.i.e’.”
The dog was removed by Animal Control authorities and is currently in the hands of employees at the animal shelter, where he is doing much better.
Minson is an Army veteran who is accompanied by his Great Dane service dog, Rex. He claimed he would never leave his dog in a hot truck, much less one of his children.
“We must care for them like a child.” Dog ownership comes with obligations.“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.”