On Sunday June 2, 2013 at around 3:15 it was around 106 in our city. Phoenix Police Officer Charles Puma, on duty in our Estrella Mountain Precinct area, was sent to a residence in the area of S. 70th Lane /West Meadows Loop in response to a possible injured animal. Officer Puma arrived at the home, found no one there and went to the rear yard. The officer saw a small, 7-9 week old poodle puppy lying near the back door of the home.
The puppy had no shade, was panting and moving very slowly and appeared dehydrated. Officer Puma observed one small bowl with food. The officer found a small, cup size bowl and a water source and he slowly allowed the puppy to drink. The officer called the Arizona Humane Society for assistance and stayed with the puppy as long as he could. The officer was also concerned because he saw what appeared to be worms in the puppy’s stool.
Officer Puma had to leave the puppy for a short while, but he returned to the home as soon as he could and discovered the puppy’s condition appeared to have grown worse. The water bowl was again empty and the officer fed water to the puppy and found a dog bed in the back yard on which he laid the puppy so it would be off the hot pavement. When the Humane Society arrived, the agent reported the puppy certainly would have died were it not for the officer’s response. The puppy was removed from the home by the Humane Society.
Just after the completion of this rescue, Officer John Backus, squad mate to Officer Puma, was sent to the area of S. 35th Av./W. Southern Av. in response to a dog left in a hot car. Upon his arrival, Officer Backus found a sport utility vehicle with all windows rolled up and a miniature Doberman inside. Officer Backus saw that the dog was panting heavily and appeared to be dehydrated. Officer Backus and Officer Puma, who had arrived shortly after, were able to open a rear door of the SUV. The officers gave the dog water and determined the animal needed immediate assistance. Officer Backus transported the mini Doberman to the county Rabies and Animal Control for assistance.
Kudos to these officers for their concern for our four legged friends; shame on the person(s) who left these pets to danger!
These investigations for possible animal abuse are continuing.
It’s hot here in the valley. Body temperatures of our children and our pets rise much faster than the average adult and their body systems will also shut down much faster. We all have to be more careful when it comes to protecting our children and pets at all times, especially during the hot, Arizona summer months…PLEASE!