Door Dash Driver In Dire, Helpless Situation

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On Sunday (June 25), a dog died in Roanoke, Virginia, after being left inside a parked vehicle in 90-degree midday heat, causing the pet owners to receive felony animal cruelty charges.

On Tuesday (June 27), Roanoke police confirmed to local media that the pet owners, James Lipscomb (37) and Ashleigh Hutton (38), both of Roanoke County, had been arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

The police department had found the two dogs inside the vehicle at about 1:25 p.m. Sunday, following calls from a Door Dash driver to 911.

According to reports, the dog died from signs of heatstroke, with the second surviving dog being taken to the Emergency Veterinary & Specialty Services in Roanoke to be treated for the same condition.

Victoria Owens, the Door Dash driver that made the 911 call, revealed on social media that she called the police when she couldn’t get hold of the owners.

Although both dogs were alive when Owen attempted to intervene, by the time police arrived, one of the dogs had died.

Owens could not break a window to rescue the dogs before the police arrived because Virginia does not have a “Good Samaritan” law.

In a statement to local news outlet WDBJ7, police revealed that two other dogs were seized from the couple’s home, sharing that animal wardens from the department had filed a petition to gain custody of the remaining dogs.

Owens’ recollection of the events in a disturbing video has acquired over 3 million views since she posted it on TikTok.

In the viral clip, Owens shows the visibly distressed dogs panting in a vehicle, giving commentary about the temperature, and adding that the car they were in is black and “they were parked in direct sunlight” with “no shade at all.”

Following the dog’s death, Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood and Adoption Center took to Facebook to warn people not to leave pets in hot vehicles.

The Facebook post includes an image of the dogs alongside the PSA not to “leave your dogs, your kids, or even your grandma in the car in the heat.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) cautions against leaving pets inside vehicles even if the window is open or air conditioning is on, as cats’ and dogs’ body temperatures should never exceed 104 degrees.

The ASPCA noted that even with temperature in the mid-eighties, the temperature inside a car could rise to 102 degrees within 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.

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