A sheriff’s deputy in Indio smashed a car window to help retrieve two small dogs that were locked inside in triple-digit heat on Monday.
The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. outside the Larson Justice Center, according to a news release from Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
Once they were out of the car, animal control officers rushed the two terrier mixes to a nearby veterinary hospital.
The dogs were offered water and drank immediately, according to animal control Officer Gerald Duchene.
The temperature inside the closed car was measured at 130 degrees.
“Anyone in their right mind should know that you don’t leave an animal in a car on a day like today,” Riverside County Animal Services Commander Rita Gutierrez said.
The owner of the dogs will be cited according to state law, the release stated.