Rogue River Police said a citizen alerted them to the situation on Tuesday around noon. Officers were unable to locate the dog’s owner or free the dog by using a slim jim to unlock the doors, so they called the Rogue River Fire Department to break out one of the windows.
Police said employees from the Rogue River Pharmacy helped to give the dog water through the broken window.
According to RRPD, the dog’s owner showed up twenty minutes after officers arrived on scene. The 19-year-old Grants Pass man told police he was having lunch and left the windows rolled up so the dog wouldn’t bark and tear up the car’s headliner.
Officers said the man will be charged with animal neglect, driving while suspended, and driving without insurance.
According to officers, 25 minutes after the car window had been broken, the interior temperature of the car was still 94 degrees.