A dog died Sunday afternoon after police say it was left outside in the heat on a balcony patio in Glendale.
Officers responded to an apartment complex near 61st Avenue and Northern to conduct an animal welfare check Police could hear a dog in distress outside of a third-story apartment unit.
Police called firefighters to come with a ladder to get the dog, but the animal died before first responders could get to it, authorities said. The dog is believed to be a Labrador mix puppy, according to Glendale police.
The Arizona Humane Society was called and is said to be handling the investigation.
Glendale police said no one was home at the time of the incident. The owner of the dog has been identified as Adrian Gonzalez, 28, who is being investigated.
The Glendale Police Department recommends pet owners follow these tips:
- Keep all animals indoors.
- Provide plenty of cool water to all animals, whether they're inside or outside.
- Do not chain your pet up.
- Do not leave an animal inside a car.
If you see a pet in distress, contact the Arizona Humane Society emergency line at 602-997-7575 (Extension 2073) or your local police department.