PD: Dog dies after being left in hot car outside Phoenix shopping center

PHOENIX - A dog that was left inside a vehicle outside a Phoenix shopping center Monday afternoon has died.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said authorities responded to Christown Spectrum Mall near Bethany Home Road and 19th Avenue after receiving a call about a dog locked in a hot car.

Crump said a security guard alerted authorities after noticing the 6-month to 1-year-old pit bull mix in the vehicle. Officials were able to locate the owner, who let the dog out.

Officials attempted to assist the animal, but the dog later died.

Air15 video showed the pit bull mix laying on a golf cart being helped by officials as two women and a child stood nearby.

Footage later showed the two women talking with police and crying after apparently learning the dog had died. 

It is unclear how long the dog had been left alone inside the vehicle.

Crump said officials are questioning the two woman, but no arrests have been made. He said the incident is being investigated as animal cruelty.

Ashliegh Goebel with Arizona Humane Society says when they responded to the call the dog, Raider, had already succumbed to the near 110-degree heat.

"On a day when it's 90 degrees, the temp inside your car can reach over 100 in minutes" Goebel said, "I can only imagine what that poor dog went through."

Goebel said a little common sense goes a long way to helping keep your pets safe during the summer.

"If it's too hot for us to be in the a car with no shade, it's too hot for an animal."

Excessive heat warnings are in effect across Arizona through most of the week as temperatures hover near record levels.

Officials warn residents not to leave children or pets inside hot cars due to the extreme temperatures during the summer. The temperature inside the car can reach much higher levels than outside temperatures, and even with the windows rolled down, it can be extremely dangerous.

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