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Officers break window to pull parrot from hot car in Sorrento Valley

Posted at 7:12 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 22:12:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Police officers saved a parrot from a hot car in Sorrento Valley, as temperatures reached upwards of 120 degrees inside the vehicle.

San Diego Police say someone noticed a Macaw parrot in a car in distress at a hotel parking lot in the 11000 block of Vista Sorrento Parkway. A San Diego Humane Society officer responded and tried to break the window, before calling SDPD for assistance.

Police broke the window and removed the parrot and rushed it to a veterinarian.

A police officer told ABC 10News that the temperature in the car was at least 120 degrees. The bird only had a cup of liquid in a Big Gulp cup and no food.

It's a misdemeanor to leave an animal unattended in a hot vehicle.

San Diego Humane Society said the parrot is doing okay and the owners have been reached to reclaim the bird.

"Cars get hot very fast, so we advise never to leave an animal unattended in car, especially when it is warm outside. Even with the windows open, a parked car can quickly become a furnace. If the temperature outside is 80 degrees, the temperature inside your car can quickly climb to 120 degrees. I hope this helps," said Nina Thompson from San Diego Humane Society.