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KANSAS CITY, MO – A puppy in Missouri will soon have a new home after he was rescued from a hot car during a Kansas City Royals game on Father’s Day, KSHB reports.
A fan spotted the puppy in the car as he was leaving the game during the eighth inning. The car window was cracked, but the temperature inside the car was easily over 120 degrees considering the outside temperature was 90 degrees.
The fan notified staff at the game, and a Royal’s employee was able to reach in the car and get the dog out. They took the dog into an air conditioned room in the stadium
“With this being extra innings, easily could have been five hours,” Royals Director of Guest Experience Anthony Mozzicato said to KSHB, describing how long the dog’s owner could have been in the car if it wasn’t noticed before the end of the 13-inning game. “So the guest that spotted this dog out should be really proud for letting us know.”
After the rescue, a Royals staff member waited by the car in hopes of talking with the owner. After four innings, the owner never showed up and the employee wrote a note and left it on the car. They never heard from the owner of the puppy.
Another employee took the puppy home for the night and then gave the animal to the KC Pet Project shelter in the morning.
The city has launched an animal cruelty investigation, according to Kansas City Missouri Communications Director Chris Hernandez.