News Release: Associated Press
July 1, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- A man faces animal cruelty charges after a pit bull and her seven puppies were rescued from a sweltering U-Haul truck parked outside a Fort Myers condo.
The News-Press of Fort Myers reports Ruth and Lloyd Sawyer checked the cab of the truck on Sunday after hearing a dog bark. They say the truck had been parked there for about an hour. Temperatures were in the 90's at the time.
The Sawyers say the rescued the mother dog, then spotted the puppies. They say some were near death after being left in the truck.
Rescue crews provided oxygen with breathing masks for the dogs.
Owner Dustin Unwin claimed ownership. He says he had only left them for 10 minutes.
Veterinarians say the dogs were in good condition on Monday.