GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Two puppies are alive thanks to an alert citizen and quick response from Greenville Animal Protective Services officers and police.
Officers responded to First Street Place Apartments Thursday after receiving a tip a puppy was left in a vehicle inside a small pet carrier.
Upon arrival, officers said they discovered a second puppy inside the car, where the temperature was 130 degrees.
“In just a manner of five minutes, five minutes, these animals would have passed away,” said Officer Tim Langley, Greenville Animal Protective Services.
Both puppies were showing obvious signs of heat distress.
Animal Protectives Services officers were able to retrieve both puppies from the pet carrier within the vehicle, which was full of urine and feces, and immediately transported them to East Carolina Veterinary Services for emergency treatment.
Both puppies (female lab mixes) were estimated to be approximately 6 weeks of age.
Officers located the owner of the puppies, Kanesha Shante Williamson, who was taken into custody and charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty. She received a $1,000 secured bond.
After a thorough vet assessment, the puppies were released into the care of Greenville Animal Protective Services, and Greenville police said they are doing much better.
“If you see something like this, don’t say well somebody else is going to call,” said Langley. “Look what this citizen did. This citizen saved these wonderful animals.”
Officers are hoping the nearly deadly incident will serve as a reminder for others this summer.
“It doesn’t matter if your windows are cracked small or cracked big,” said Officer William Lowery, Greenville Animal Protective Services. “The heat circulates throughout the car.”
The puppies are not available for adoption yet, but officers are hopeful they will soon find safe homes