woman rescues ten dogs locked in van, including one stolen months earlier

younot ten dogs were found in a van in full sun, Tuesday, June 14, in Coutances (Manche). A young woman working on site reported suspicious barking coming from the vehicle, Tendance Ouest reports. Only one window was slightly open, a real furnace for the animals in this period of high heat.

The alert is sent to the police and published on social networks to try to find the owner of the vehicle. “I called the police. But the owner of the van arrived and fled,” entrusts the young woman to our colleagues. After finding the driver the next day, the animals were taken care of and transported to the shelter.

A complaint could be filed by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for animal abuse.

Shean, stolen seven months ago

Among the dogs, a little York will see its owner again. On November 11, 2021, Shean had been robbed in Coutances. “

is in a bad state, was locked in a transport cage in a van…with him 8 other small dogs Yorks, Pekingese, Shih Tzu and babies of which Shean is the father”, writes the alert page on Facebook.

The Coutances refuge explained the situation a bit via its Facebook page: “Alert for 48 hours for small dogs in crates in a car, as well as a large dog, and given the current heat, the situation was worrying and urgent. Packed together for some in these transport boxes, in their excrement and with this unbearable heat, it was unthinkable to leave them to their sad fate, because the drama was not far away. Thanks to the dedication of a good soul and her relentlessness, she and the municipal police were able to get the dogs out of the car and we were able to take care of them. A total of 10 dogs were inside, 9 little cuties and 1 big grandpa (not big enough by the way)… Safe and sound, we are now taking care of them at the shelter. »

The shelter also explained that the dogs had been living in these conditions for a few days, and not forever. “We have chosen not to display the private life of the owner of the dogs, because her personal situation concerns only her, and no one else. »

What to do if you see an animal in distress locked alone in a car?

Here is what the Ministry of the Interior recommends

– first try to warn the owner.

– If you cannot find it, quickly call the police or the local gendarmerie. Indeed, article 20 of the law of January 6, 1999 allows you, when the animal locked up in a vehicle is in danger, to open the vehicle parked in direct sunlightin the presence of a gendarme or a policeman.

– If you feel that the situation is urgent and you cannot wait for help, you can make the decision to break a window to help the animal in distress. It is recommended surround yourself with at least two witnesses who could attest to good faith if action by the car owner is subsequently intended.

However, this decision is difficult to make, because the owner could file a complaint for damage to property belonging to others. However, if it is obvious that the life of the animal that is locked in the vehicle is threatened (unconsciousness, animal panting frantically, dark colored tongue, abnormally agitated behavior, etc.), the law protects you (Article 122-7 of the Penal Code). This article specifies that “is not criminally responsible for a person who, faced with a present or imminent danger which threatens himself, others or property, performs an act necessary to safeguard the person or property”.

After the evacuation of an animal locked in a vehicle

Place the animal in the shade, refresh it with temperate water and, of course, give it something to drink, but in small quantities and always with temperate water. A visit to the vet is advised when the dog seems to have recovered.

Whatever your decision, never forget to notify law enforcement if you find that the animal locked in a vehicle is in danger.


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