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Man Breaks Into BMW to Rescue Dog From Hot Weather (W/Video)

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A bystander in Canada took drastic actions to rescue a dog that was inside a parked BMW 3 Series in extremely hot weather.

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Another bystander named Will Costa recorded the entire incident, which started with an unnamed bystander checking on a small dog inside a black 3 Series. The moonroof and a few windows appear to be cracked open. As more onlookers gathered, the bystander made the decision to rescue the dog by breaking a back window with a large rock. Rescuers applauded as the dog was freed. The dog was given water and appeared to be alert.

According to The London Free Press, temperatures in Grand Bend, Ontario, where the incident took place, reached a high of 91 degrees Fahrenheit. In the video, the rescue estimates that the temperature inside the BMW was closer to 111 degrees. And his estimates are likely correct, if not a tad low. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, when the outside temp is 75 degrees, a vehicle's interior could reach 118 degrees in just an hour.

The London Free Press suggests the rescuer took multiple steps before breaking into the BMW. Police officers were notified and announcements were made over a public address system. The report estimates the dog was in the car for at least two hours before being rescued. The dog's owner eventually showed up 50 minutes after the rescue.

According to the report, the rescuer will likely not face charges. The owner, however, is being investigated for possible charges depending on an investigation by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Under Canadian law, pet owners can face fines of up to $10,000 Canadian dollars (about $7,700) and up to five years in jail if they're found to cause pain or suffering to an animal. Last month, the subject of pets in cars made headlines after a tweet went viral. That tweet included a picture of a dog in a locked car with a sign left by his owner that reads, "Please don't break the window. The A/C is on. He has water and is listening to his favorite music."

Would you have made the same decision as this rescuer? Tell us in the comments below.

BMW 3 Series and dog© Provided by MotorTrend BMW 3 Series and dog

Source: The London Free Press, Will Costa via Facebook

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