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Dog rescued from hot car in Upstate dies

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WYFF) - The bulldog, who was rescued from a hot car by Spartanburg police, has died, according to the staff at the emergency clinic where he was being treated.

An officer said he was called to Westgate Mall on Sunday after someone reported a dog had been left inside a car.

The officer said he saw the dog in between the seats with a lot of saliva around its month. He said the dog was making a faint wheezing sound and appeared to be in distress.

Another officer arrived at the scene and broke out the window of the car. The officers said the dog had a chain around its neck that was hooked to something in the car.

The officers said the dog began to vomit, its tongue was purple and was too weak to drink the water they were trying to give it.

One of the officers remained in the parking lot and said he was approached by Tony Davis who told the officer the car was his.

Davis was arrested, charged with ill treatment of animals and taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Davis' girlfriend, Tonya Middleton, said that she and her family were heading home to Western North Carolina after a family trip to the beach. She said they stopped at the mall for a bathroom break.

"We parked in a shaded area, we cracked the windows, we were under a tree," Middleton said.

Middleton said their dog, Thor, was in the car for about 30-45 minutes.

"My whole family is devastated. We love that dog like he's one if our children, and if we ever thought that this would've happened, we wouldn't have left him in the car," said Middleton.

A veterinarian at the Spartanburg Humane Society said Thor and other Old English bulldogs have a facial construction that causes a smaller airway, which makes it impossible for them to pant like other dogs.

Thor's temperature was at least 109 degrees, and normal temperature is between 99 and 102.

"I feel horrible. We love him and we want him home. Everybody who knows us knows how much we love that dog," Middleton said.

"I hope everybody sees that no matter what the circumstances, please don't leave your pet in the car, because bad things do happen and it causes a whole lot of problems.  I never would've done this if I had known he was going to suffer. We love that dog," said Middleton.

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