Second dog found in hot car

Second dog found in hot car

Johnston Animal Control Officer Erin Medeiros snuggles with Sapphire the dachshund.

JOHNSTON – Police last Saturday responded to a second incident of a dog left in a hot vehicle in less than a week. Both dogs were left in the parking lot of BJ's in Johnston.

Animal control officers told The Breeze that "Sapphire," a long-haired dachshund, was in the SUV for about an hour before she was rescued. They said she was panting heavily and suffered a seizure after exiting the vehicle.

The owner of the car was arrested following the July 12 incident . Her name was not immediately available. There was no immediate word on how hot the interior of the vehicle was when Sapphire was freed.

Johnston police arrested Providence resident David Rodriguez for breaking the state's new animal confinement law after leaving his dog in the car on July 7.