A Portuguese Water Dog died of heat exhaustion after being left for at least three hours in a Volkswagen parked in a sunny lot at Acadia University on Monday, reports the King’s County Register. “One person tried to rescue the animal by smashing the windows and attempting first aid, but the attempt was too late,” according to the newspaper. “A 36-year-old Lunenburg man, owner of the dog and the registered owner of the vehicle, was later located nearby… Charges are pending.”
It’s not just dogs that die this way. Two Canadian toddlers died after being left in hot cars in July. Maclean’s recently spoke with Jodie Edwards, a college professor at a small Ohio university whose 11-month-old daughter Jenna was accidentally left in a hot vehicle. It’s a heartbreaking interview.