Poodle saved from certain death after being locked in boiling car
Johannesburg - An innocent maltese poodle's life has been saved after it was left in a car that had been parked in the searing heat with the windows only slightly ajar, for more than two hours.
Kevin Elliot, his family and friends, had been lunching at Picolino's in Fourways, today, when Mr. Elliot took to Facebook to plead for help.
He posted the message (below) an hour after he first saw the small animal in the car, which was reportedly a blue Toyota Tazz.
After trying to locate the driver of the vehicle and getting in touch with the restaurant's owner, Mr. Elliot and his group, managed to pop ice cubes into the car to cool the animal and the vehicle down.
More than two hours later, and after dispatching waiters and the owner of the restaurant to spread the word about the situation, a woman with an infant left the pub.
Mr. Elliot posted a follow up comment saying: "After Ted (owner) and his staff spoke to all the tables, one lady left and told the car guard she was involved with animals and we were interfering with her..."
When Newsful caught up with Mr. Elliot at the venue, he said the rescue was a team effort. He thanked Picolino's owner, Ted, for aiding their cause and saving a life.
Several people responded to Mr. Elliot's post on Facebook, some advising him to smash the window to free the dog.
It's unclear whether the SPCA will be investigating a case of animal cruelty against the owner the vehicle.
Picture credit: Benita Enoch/Newsful.
Kevin Elliot (left) surrounded by his supportive family and friends.