woman rescues ten dogs locked in van, including one stolen months earlier

Udoes not ten dogs was found in a van in full sun, Tuesday, June 14 in Coutances (Manche). A young woman working at the site reported suspicious barking from the vehicle, Tendance Ouest reports. Only one window was slightly open, a real oven for the animals during this period of high heat.

The warning is sent to the police and posted on social networks to try to find the owner of the vehicle. “I called the police. But the owner of the van arrived and fled. leaves the young woman to our colleagues. After finding the driver the next day, the animals were taken care of and transported to the shelter.

A complaint can be filed by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for animal cruelty.

Shean, stolen seven months ago

Among the dogs, a little York will see its owner again. On November 11, 2021, Shean had been robbed in Coutances. “
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is in a bad condition, was locked inside a transport cage in a van … with him 8 other small dogs Yorks, Pekingese, Shih Tzu and babies that Shean is the father of “, writes the alarm page on Facebook.

The Coutances refuge explained the situation a bit via its Facebook page: “Alarm for 48 hours for small dogs in boxes in a car, as well as a large dog, and given the current heat, the situation was worrying and urgent. Packed for some in these transport boxes, in their excrement and with this unbearable heat, was it unthinkable to leave them to their sad fate, for the drama was not far away.Thanks to the dedication of a good soul and her ruthlessness, she and the municipal police managed to get the dogs out of the car and we could take care of them.Total 10 dogs was inside, 9 little sweet and 1 big grandfather (by the way not big enough) … In good health, we now take care of them at the shelter. “

The shelter also explained that the dogs had been living under these conditions for a few days, and not forever. “We have chosen not to show the dog owner’s privacy because her personal situation only concerns her, and no one else. »

What to do if you see an animal in distress locked alone in a car?

Here is what the Ministry of the Interior recommends

– First try to warn the owner.

– If you can not find it, call the local police or gendarmerie quickly. In fact, Article 20 of the Law of 6. January 1999 when the animal trapped inside a vehicle is in danger, to open the car parked in direct sunlightin the presence of a gendarme or a policeman.

– If you feel that the situation is urgent and you can not wait for help, you can make the decision to break a window to help the animal in need. It is recommended surround yourself with at least two witnesses who will be able to certify good faith if a subsequent lawsuit is filed by the owner of the car.

This decision is nevertheless difficult to make because the owner could file a complaint for damage to someone else’s property. But if it is obvious that the life of the animal locked in the vehicle is threatened (unconsciousness, animals breathing feverishly, dark-colored tongue, abnormally agitated behavior, etc.), the law protects you (Penal Code § 122-7). This article specifies it “The person is not criminally liable who, in the face of a present or imminent danger that threatens himself, others or property, performs an act necessary to protect the person or property.”

After evacuating an animal locked in a vehicle

Put the animal in the shade, freshen it up with temperate water and of course give it something to drink, but in small amounts and always with temperate water. A visit to the vet is recommended when the dog appears to have recovered.

Whatever your decision, never forget to notify law enforcement if you discover that the animal locked in a vehicle is in danger.

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