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A dog has survived six days in car without food or water in a Seattle parking lot last week.
Zipper the pug-beagle was found locked up in the vehicle on Sunday by security guards working in the area. When found, the dog was said to be frightened as shaking from the ordeal.
The security guards notified police, who attended the scene and freed the dog from the vehicle. As soon as the dog was released the security guards fed it some food and water, and he was later transported to the Seattle Animal Shelter to be taken care of.
The security guards have reported that the car was definitely in the parking lot for six days, and the owner has been nowhere to be seen.
Authorities eventually managed to track down the man who was supposed to be looking after the dog. According to the Seattle Police Department a man was supposed to be caring for the dog while his girlfriend was out of town, but had neglected his responsibilities.
At the moment the man has not yet been charged with anything as officers are seeking more evidence of how long the dog was kept in the car without food and water. If they can confirm Zipper was there for six days then the man could be charged with neglect.
Renee Witt of the Seattle Police Department has confirmed that officials will be discussing reasonable pet care with the man, highlighting that not only should a dog not be left without food and water for such a long time, but also by leaving a dog in a car for any length of time, there is a risk of heat stroke and death for the animal.
The temperatures inside locked cars can reach dangerous levels when in direct sunlight, and it can take as little as 15 minutes for a dog to suffer heat stroke and potentially die, according to some reports.
Even if a car is parked in the shade or windows are rolled down, it may still not be enough to keep pets or humans safe in a car.
Here is a video advising on car safety with pets: