York Regional Police have charged a 20-year-old Toronto woman after a dog was rescued from a locked car in the parking lot at Vaughan Mills.
Mall security video suggests the dog had been left in the vehicle for more than three hours in 29-degree heat.
An officer was able to slide a baton through an opening in the sunroof to open the door and rescue the lethargic and panting pup, which was placed in the back of an air-conditioned police cruiser, and given water, until the owner returned.
Because the dog did not suffer serious injury, it had to be returned to its owner.
images provided by York Regional Police