RICHMOND – On Thursday afternoon, Katy Best says she saw a one-year-old pitbull and another dog locked in a car and immediately took action.
"I broke into the car and rescued the dogs," she says. "The one dog was in a crate and the other was dead, sprawled across the seat."
The owners of both dogs say they left their animals with a friend to watch while they were at work.
Best says the dogs had been left in the car for several hours.
The temperature was nearly 90 degrees at the time. Best discovered the dogs in the car jimmied a door open to get the dogs out.
A dog owner herself, she says she took the surviving dog into her home until animal control officers arrived on the scene.
"He drank probably four bowls of water immediately, he was covered in pee."
Animal Care & Control arrived on scene and found one dog deceased in a car. The other dog was taken to the vet for observation for heat stroke overnight.
Authorities are investigating the incident. No arrests were made and no word yet on any charges.
"The dogs were beautiful, they were great dogs," Best says. "And I feel really bad for this guy who left his dog with a friend who couldn't take care of it."
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