Man arrested for leaving puppy in hot car

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police arrested a man Wednesday for leaving a puppy inside a hot vehicle.

According to police reports, 19-year-old Tyler Mason left his 3-4 month old mixed Labrador puppy inside a car outside the Osaka Buffet restaurant on Oak Forest lane Wednesday afternoon.

The report says the temperature inside the vehicle reached 105 degrees at the time officers responded to the call, despite the fact the windows were cracked.

Veterinarian Sherri Duncan said cars can heat up far hotter than a pet with fur can handle, even if the windows are cracked.

"Cars heat up so very fast," Duncan said.  "Even if it doesn't seem like it's hot out the sun shining through a windshield heats a car up instantly."

Duncan said some of the symptoms from heat exposure can include organ failure, cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral edema, and even death.

"If you see signs…you need to be able to cool them down immediately," Duncan said.

Mason faces charges of abandoning or mistreating an animal, and the puppy was released to Mason's girlfriend following his arrest.

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