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Bulldog Rescued From Hot Car Dies

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The shelter says Thor died due to complications from heat stroke after he was left in the car in Spartanburg. The shelter says Thor died due to complications from heat stroke after he was left in the car in Spartanburg.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

August 13, 2013

The English Bulldog rescued by an officer from a hot car on Sunday has died. 

The shelter says Thor died due to complications from heat stroke after he was left in the car in Spartanburg.

August 12, 2013

It took the Spartanburg Public Safety officer four good smacks before the car window shattered and created a way to rescue Thor, an English Bulldog, from a sweltering car.

Just after 3:00 p.m. Sunday, officers got a call about dog being trapped inside a Kia parked at WestGate Mall near Sears. When the officers got to the car, they found the windows slightly cracked and engine off.  Inside, Thor was laying on the passenger seat, panting and wheezing and unable to move.

The officers took the dog to an emergency veterinarian clinic in Spartanburg before transporting him to the Spartanburg Humane Society.

Dr. Michelle Welton says the dog showed up with a temperature of at least 109 degrees, but it was likely higher since the thermometer measured only up to 109.

The dog is likely suffering damage to organs, and he's bleeding internally and not clotting properly, according to Welton. Surviving the first 24 hours was critical, and if he survives another day, Welton says it's possible Thor could make a recovery, but she says it doesn't happen often.

The dog's owner, Tony Davis, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, according to Spartanburg Public Safety. His court date wasn't immediately available as of this posting.

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