Seven puppies, mother, survive hot car rescue


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Seven puppies, mother, survive hot car rescue

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 2, 2014

As the terrifying stories of babies left in hot cars has sparked recent news, we find ourselves with another report of a car rescue. However, this time a mother and her pups were left in a completely closed U-Haul truck. 

As Fort Myers, Florida, weather boiled over 96 degrees, Ruth and Lloyd Sawyer rescued a 2-year-old pit bull and seven of her puppies from a parking lot near their condo.

"I said, 'Honey, I'll go out and I'll check it,' and as soon as I got out the dog jumped against the window and was coughing and could hardly breathe," Ruth recounts the heart-wrenching incident to the News-Press. "The windows were not cracked at all. That's when we heard the puppies crying."

After Ruth called 911, Fort Myers Fire Department came and administered oxygen to assist the puppies in breathing through an infant mask. Ruth and other condo tenants brought a large bowl of cold water, which Fort Myers police officers began soaking the puppies in to bring down their body temperature. 

"According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature in Fort Myers on Sunday was 96, a record," details the News-Press. "For a closed vehicle on a 95-degree day, the inside temperature will climb to 133 degrees within 40 minutes, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association."

Lee County Domestic Animal Services took the mother, Precious, and her seven 2-week-old puppies. Dustin Michael Unwin, 28, the dog owner, was arrested for animal cruelty.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.