VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A dog left in a hot car when the temperature outside was 107-degrees was rescued by an alert bystander and a deputy at the Vista courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
Margarita Villeda said she parked next to a black Mercedes Benz, with a well-dressed man and woman inside, when she arrived at the courthouse to pick up some paperwork.
Villeda said when she returned to her car 15 minutes later, the man and woman were not in the car.
“As I was walking back I heard a bark, and I was like, there’s no way,” Villeda said.
When she sat in her car, she looked over at the Mercedes and saw a small black dog in the backseat.
“Once it looked at me, it was like panting. So I stayed there for a little bit, and I was like, I’m going to tell somebody,” Villeda said.
She went back into the courthouse and told a deputy, also taking a photo of the dog in the car.
“I was looking for the humane society’s phone number," Villeda said. "As I was looking for it a sheriff came out, stuck his hand inside and was like, ‘It is pretty hot.’"
The deputy unlocked the car. The car alarm went off, and the dog went with him, Villeda said.
She left after the deputy took the dog into the courthouse. She does not know if the owners were cited.