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Dog trapped in car honks til he’s freed

A veterinarian says a dog trapped in a car on a 90-degree day in eastern Pennsylvania honked the horn until he was rescued.

Nancy Soares said the 11-year-old chocolate Labrador — named Max — was brought to the Macungie Animal Hospital last month after he had been in the car for about an hour.

She said Max’s owner, Donna Gardner,¬†of Upper Macungie Township, had gone shopping, returned home, unloaded her packages, but forgot that Max was still in the car. The owner later heard the horn honking,¬†checked outside, then went back in. When she heard the horn honking again, she went outside and saw Max sitting in the driver’s seat, WFMZ reported.

Soares said the owner immediately gave Max cold water to drink and wet him down with towels before rushing him to the clinic, where — though he was warm and panting heavily — he was determined to have suffered no lasting injuries.


Comment from Kathy G.
Time July 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Smart Dog (I love labs)….dumb owner. Glad it all turned out well….you’d think with all the stories about dogs dying in cars during extreme heat this would never happen….

Comment from Kathy G.
Time July 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Smart dog, dumb owner. You’d think people would have heard enough horror stories by now about dogs in hot cars….apparently not. Glad it turned out ok.

Comment from jen
Time July 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

They need to take Max away from that woman and she should never be allowed to have pets again.

Comment from DogLve
Time January 2, 2011 at 1:18 am

Actually the AP wire story was completly wrong. I know the Gardner’s & the local reporter’s story that got picked up & run nationally was riddled with errors. She did not go shopping, but to pick up a family friend and never exited the car until she returned home. While taking the friend’s things out of the car the dog ran to into the house, then back outside and around to the other side & got in. They closed the door with the friends stuff in hand not knowing the dog had gotten back into the car. The pictures they showed were not of the car she drove that day – thye have an SUV too. The reporter DID NOT FACT CHECK.