A Pit bull was recovering Friday after being locked in a car in near triple digit heat, then abandoned in a parking lot.
It happened Thursday at Most Wanted Tattoo and Body Piercings on Blackstone around 6 p.m. when the temperature outside was about 98 degrees.
Employees are calling the dog “Weezer” because of the noises he makes.
Shop owner Augie Rubio said his nephew noticed first.
“He peeked over the fence and he saw a dog right there gasping for water or air,” Rubio said.
The employees checked the cameras and watched two men pull up and go inside, leaving the Pit bull in the back of an SUV.
“Then he tried to put a towel over it trying to block the heat out,” Rubio said.
Rubio counted 24 minutes before the men go back to their cars.
Dr. Eve Beth Shaw from 24/7 PetVets said it’s enough to kill.
“When you’re talking about the inside of the car there’s really no dogs that’s going to survive more than a very few minutes in this weather,” Shaw said.
She said there’s no justifying the man’s actions.
“Cracking a window doesn’t do it — doesn’t do it. I would not leave my dog in a car at any time for any reason in the heat that we see in Fresno,” she said.
The man is then seen lifting the dog out of the car, leaving it in the parking lot and driving off.
“When he popped the hood the dog was (breathing heavily) and I think he probably thought ‘How am I going to explain this to everybody?’,” Rubio said.
The abandoned pup is soon seen wandering right into the shop, where Rubio said he’ll be looked after the way he deserves. He said they’ll keep Weezer until they can find him a suitable home.