To Avoid Wasting Gas, Man Leaves Puppy In Locked Car During 109-Degree Texas Afternoon

The Texas man who left a 10-week-old puppy in his car to go shopping was placed in jail on a $4,000 bond, the young pup is recovering quickly, no worse for the wear.

Accompanied by his puppy, Annabelle, 20-year-old Chandler Allen Bullen pulled into the Manor, Texas, Walmart parking lot on June 17, turned off his car and air conditioning, and headed inside. While he shopped, the Shepherd/Husky mix struggled to find shelter from the hot sun, which brought temperatures up to 99 degrees outside, with a heat index of 109, according to KVUE, and even higher in a stagnant vehicle.

Seeing the whimpering dog in dire need of help, a concerned citizen called police, who got into the car by using the sunroof. Annabelle was not only weak from heat exposure, the officers noted, she was covered in open sores.

“It’s sad to hear, they are defenseless, much like children. They can’t get out of the car by themselves. They are kind of stuck in there. So, they rely on the owner to take care of them and be responsible,” said Sgt. Randall Anderson, who also owns two dogs.

Upon questioning, Bullen said he left the dog in the car because he “did not want to waste gas.”


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