A Bulldog suffering heat stroke was rescued from a car by Public Safety officers in Spartanburg, South Carolina over the weekend. The dog named Thor was drooling and breathing rapidly when they found him inside the hot car at WestGate Mall. Officers smashed the car window to get to him. Thor’s tongue had turned purple and he was too weak to drink water offered to him by the officers, according to their report.
Thor’s owner, Tony Lee Davis from North Carolina, returned to the car when officers were there and was arrested and charged with ill treatment of animals, according to GoUpState.com.
Thor was taken to the Spartanburg Humane Society and the CARE Animal Emergency Clinic for care. The 18-month old bulldog is suffering from tiny bleeds under the surface of his skin and blindness as result of the heat stroke. But he could regain his sight if his condition improves. Vets say his prognosis is uncertain until his brain swelling subsides.
Update: August 13, 2013: Sadly, Thor did not survive the night. The Spartanburg Humane Society has reported that he died while at Care Animal Regional Emergency Clinic.