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Woman who freed dog speaks out

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 06:17 PM EDT

Rochester, N.Y. – Early Thursday evening, several shoppers at the Wegmans on East Avenue noticed a small poodle in a parked car left unattended with the windows down a few inches.

“I can't stand by and watch something like that happen,” said Elizabeth Gibson of Brighton.

So Gibson smashed the passenger side window with her shoe and freed the dog.

“That dog was displaying a purplish tongue and staggering in the back seat and that's when I knew something had to happen,” she said. “I took off my shoe and hit the window.”

Gibson said the dog felt hot to the touch. She was on the phone with Animal Control for support and immediately tried to cool the animal down.

“I poured cold water on her,” said Gibson. “I had her in a bucket where she could stand in the water therefore her pads circulating blood as quickly as possible.”

Police said the dog had been in the car for less than 30 minutes, but Gibson claims it was at least 45 minutes.

Gibson said the dog was reunited with its owners inside the lobby of the store. Gibson said the owner was in tears over her dog. The owner’s mother was not thrilled with the broken window.

No charges were filed against Gibson or the owners.

The Director of Law Enforcement at Lollypop Farm Reno DiDomenico said it's better to be safe than sorry and owners should watch their dogs on hot days.

“If you feel the dog is definitely in distress, like he is passed out, I would at that point then break the window and your good Samaritan laws do take place in that situation, but if you have any doubt it's better to wait for the authorities.”

Police said the small poodle appeared to be unharmed from the ordeal.

“I was acting after going through certain steps which made me feel better and I don't feel at all guilty of doing anything wrong,” said Gibson.

Woman who freed dog speaks out


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