Strangers rescue dogs locked in hot car outside Taylor mall

A group of strangers rescued two dogs locked inside a hot car outside a Taylor mall on Friday.

- Video posted on Facebook shows a crowd of mall shoppers and security coming to the rescue of two 4-month-old poodle puppies locked inside an unbearably hot car Friday evening.

As they waited for police, one shopper grabbed a golf club to take matters into his own hands.

The puppies were dehydrated and heavily panting, desperate for their first taste of water. Director of Taylor Animal Control Lanny Hall says they were then turned over to his care.

"Our mayor, our police chief are both big animal advocates," he said. "They are not going to stand for people locking their animals in cars. It's 90 degrees outside. It's probably 110 inside the car."

Taylor police arrested the woman at the mall who was supposed to be taking care of the puppies. She was inside the mall getting her nails done. After police intervened, she has  since released ownership to animal control.

"These dogs, they could've been dead 10 minutes later," Hall said. "So the people that stepped up and got them out -- I give them all the credit in the world."

Taylor police are not releasing much information about the woman they arrested at this time.

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