The poor small-breed pooch had apparently been left inside the vehicle which had been parked in the open sunshine with no shade. To be fair to whoever had left the animal in the back of the truck, they had the windows open just a crack to let some air inside. But, judging by the sorry appearance of the dog, this precaution was just not enough. As a result, the passerby played good Samaritan, took out their smartphone and made a good call.
The concerned citizen reported the issue to the Lincoln County Humane Society – or LCHS. They weren’t to know that the local animal welfare charity actually had its headquarters on Fourth Avenue. Consequently, two officers were able to respond to the dog-in-distress call quickly. So, perhaps luckily, it was just a matter of minutes before no less a person than the LCHS executive director, Kevin Strooband, and an inspector, Todd Menard, were on the scene.
Strooband filmed what happened next on his smartphone, but one thing was obvious from the opening shot. Having ascertained there was indeed a small dog locked inside the truck, the LCHS men knew they had to act swiftly and safely. As previously stated, it was a hot day – records show the temperature at 77°F, but when the level of humidity was factored in, people reported that it felt more like 95°F. However, the LCHS duo knew the interior of the truck was even hotter.