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Disturbing video of dog rescue by Las Vegas police released, woman arrested

PUGS RESCUED JULY 22
Posted at 2:31 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 17:34:32-04

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police have released a video of them rescuing three dogs from a hot car in a parking lot.

One of the three dogs had to be euthanized, police said,

Police are using the video to remind dog owners not to leave their dogs in a hot car.

WARNING: The video is graphic and disturbing. Watch at your own risk.

According to an arrest report received last week, 62-year-old Yean Sia was arrested at the same location on July 22 after three dogs were left in her vehicle while she shopped at Walmart.

Police booked her into the Clark County Detention Center on three counts of willful malicious torture of an animal.

The report says that a security officer named William Hanson called the police at about 9:30 a.m. July 22 after he was hailed down by a Redbull employee named Jason Brown who noticed the dogs inside the vehicle appeared to be in distress.

The security officer also observed that the dogs were panting excessively and their tongues were hanging out. This is what dogs do when they are attempting to cool themselves.

The police officers had to carry the pugs to their car because the dogs could not stand.

The pugs, named Zachary (age 13) and Howie (age 10), were taken to an animal hospital.

At the hospital, Zachary began having seizures as a result of heatstroke and was euthanized.

A German shepherd named Donna (age 4) did not need medical intervention.

The animal hospital credited the quick actions of all those involved with rescuing the dogs before they all became victims of the heat.

Police say it was 96 degrees at the time of the incident.

Joyce Lupiani at KTNV first reported this story.