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Barstow CHP Officer finds dog inside an abandoned vehicle along the I-15

BARSTOW, Calif. ( — A California Highway Patrol Officer rescued a small dog left alone inside an abandoned vehicle on the I-15 in Barstow.

CHP – Barstow posted about the incident on their official Facebook page at about 10:00 am Monday, August 5, 2019.

According to the post, officer Hernandez with the Barstow CHP Station was patrolling the I-15 corridor when he located an unoccupied vehicle, or so he thought.

The officer approached the vehicle and was surprised to find a small dog unattended inside the vehicle and the owner/driver was nowhere in sight.

“Officer Hernandez was able to gain access to the vehicle and rescued the pup before the temps got too hot,” described the post.

According to the National Weather Service forecast for today, it’s sunny in Barstow with a high near 104 degrees.

PETA, the organization for Ethical Treatment of Animals said that on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature of a vehicle can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Officer Hernandez will be doing some follow up to find the owner of the vehicle and take appropriate enforcement action.

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

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