A good Samaritan’s quick actions helped save an abandoned and dehydrated dog in California on Tuesday when it was found roaming around a field near the woman’s home.
According to KTLA, a woman called 911 when she spotted the 5-year-old dog wandering around in 100 degree temperatures and noticed it was barely able to stand. Two animal control officers arrived on scene and noticed the dog needed immediate care.
“The dog looked very dehydrated, but he was also very shy and wouldn’t let us near him,” animal services Officer Kyle Stephens told KTLA.
The officers took the dog to a nearby animal hospital where it was determined that the dog had a 108-degree temperature.
“He was panting and very lethargic and could barely stand up,” veterinary technician Priscilla Dewing said.
The animal hospital placed the dog in a plastic pool with cool water and ice packs, and provided fluids through and IV, according to KESQ. The staff was able to get the dog’s temperature down to 99.5 degrees within 45 minutes and the dog is expected to recover.
“It was very touch and go for a few moments there,” said Deputy Director Frank Corvino. “But all the staff did what they’re trained to do and we’re optimistic the dog will be OK.”