GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A dog was left in a hot car Saturday evening and now its owner is facing charges.
Around 5 p.m. a witness called authorities saying they had noticed a dog that had been left in a car for hours in the Rimrock Wal-Mart parking lot.
Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Animal Services found the heeler mix locked in the car and jimmied the lock to get the dog out. Then they gave the pup some water and waited for the owner.
Officials took a temperature reading in the car and found that it was 122 to 123 degrees inside.
According to a witness on scene, the dogs owner was given a $500 ticket and a court summons for animal abuse and neglect.
The dog was released to the owner. Officials say if you see an animal locked in a hot car don't hesitate to call for help.