Dog rescued from hot car, transported to Deerfield Beach Veterinary Hospital – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL. (WSVN) – A dog, now named Ester, is in much better shape thanks to a good Samaritan and local vets.

The South Florida man was driving past a parked car when he spotted the dog alone inside a hot car on Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement and firefighters managed to evacuate him.

“His prognosis is severely guarded; that means she might not make it,” said a veterinarian from Deer Run Animal Hospital. “Six to eight percent she’s dehydrated, no more or she’s emaciated. He probably hasn’t eaten in, god knows how long.

The dog was found dehydrated and starving, but is now in good hands at a Deerfield Beach animal hospital.

“Nobody deserves this,” said Brian Valera.

Valera, along with her neighbors, spotted the car with the dog inside parked outside their condo northwest of Third Terrace and 17th Place. The owner of the car could not be found.

Wasting no time, they called 911.

“The dog was in poor condition. He was covered in feces,” Valera said.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue used the Jaws of Life to free the four-legged friend, and police then dropped her off to volunteers with iHeart Animal Rescue.

They believe she hadn’t been fed for weeks and was about 20-30 pounds underweight.

“The person who was living in his car and then he had found the dog days before,” said Cindy Mucciaccio of iHeart Animal Rescue.

Mucciaccio drove Ester to Deer Run Animal Hospital where vets continued her treatment.

“She will be taken care of. We are going to do everything we can,” Mucciaccio said.

“She still has a guarded prognosis,” said Dr. Lance Weidenbaum. “Guarded means unpredictable. I mean, she can still die.

Thursday afternoon, Ester was hydrated and given two full boxes of dog food. She is stable but a doctor at the veterinary hospital thinks the possibility of death remains on the table.

“Treat her with fluids, antibiotics, B vitamins, food, and also we dewormed her for every worm you can think of,” Weidenbaum said.

The owner of the car showed up, but police are still investigating who owns the dog.

Despite the obstacles, the volunteers remain hopeful.

“I think we can bring her back,” Mucciaccio said. “As long as we have the funds and the donations, we can help him. Give her this, and we’ll bring her back to life.

To donate or help fund the dog’s recovery with iHeart Animal Rescue, click here.

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