LAWNDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities on Thursday were reminding people to never leave pets in hot cars, after two puppies had to be rescued in Lawndale.
Lawndale Animal Control and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 10 a.m. on Wednesday from the 14500 block of Larch Avenue.
They found two puppies locked inside a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
One of the dogs was an 8-month-old German Shepherd and pit bull mix, and the other was a 1 1/2-year-old dachshund and pit bull mix.
Deputies were unable to locate the owner of the vehicle, so they unlocked the SUV removed the dogs.
“When the vehicle’s door opened, a strong odor of urine could be smelled coming from the vehicle,” Debbie Holland, Lawndale municipal services manager, said.
There was a water dish behind the driver’s seat, but it was empty and had dirt in the bottom of it, sheriff’s officials said.
The dogs’ owner, Courtney Beach, 24, of Carson, had left the puppies in the vehicle for at least 8 hours, according to the news release.
He was issued a citation for leaving the puppies unattended in a vehicle without water.
Lawndale Animal Control took the puppies to a local animal hospital to be examined.
The puppies received their shots and were in good condition, authorities said.