• Officer's quick thinking saves 5-week-old puppies left inside hot car

    By: Greg Suskin


    ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Rock Hill woman is charged with ill treatment of animals after police said she left two 5-week-old puppies in a hot car.



    Police said the temperature outside was 94 degrees, and the puppies were panting heavily inside the vehicle in the parking lot of the Planet Fitness on Cherry Road.

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    Rock Hill Officer Robin Gander said she managed to get her arm inside a window and rescue the dogs.

    "They were very hot to the touch, panting heavily, crying out," Gander said.

    She said she put them inside her own lunch cooler, which had ice packs in it, and let the air conditioning inside her patrol car blow on the puppies.

    “So, I was actually able to fit them into my cooler so they could sit on something cool, and then just had the (air conditioning) blasting, just blowing on them," she said.


     Latoya Reid was arrested and charged with ill treatment of animals. 

    Animal control will keep the puppies for now. 

    The pending court case means they can't be adopted out yet.

    Police said Reid told them that someone was coming there to meet her and buy the puppies, but she was getting her hair done.

    Gander was there with her for 45 minutes and no buyer ever showed up. 

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