Inspector Menard’s subsequent use of his temperature-measuring gun revealed that the dog was stuck in oppressive conditions. Intensified by the magnifying qualities of the vehicle’s windows and insulation of the plastic interior, the air inside was stifling. Menard measured a reading of 106°F rising to 126°F inside the truck. Furthermore, the dog’s owner was nowhere to be seen, leaving the LCHS men with few options.
There was no way to gain access to the vehicle in a conventional manner, and the panting pooch was hardly in a position to let himself out. The confused canine was desperately trying to avoid the sun’s glare under a plastic shopping bag. Menard and Strooband felt there was only one course of action. They decided they needed to give the dog assistance immediately, and resigned themselves to breaking into the truck.