Bridgewater police find stuffed toy – NBC Boston

A poor dog was stuck in a cage outside in the sweltering heat, being sold by its owners. At least, that’s what the police were told.

Police in Bridgewater, Mass., were called to Plymouth Street to rescue a dog in a crate being sold at a garage sale on Sunday morning, the agency said. The dog was left in the sun and not given water, the caller told police.

With warming temperatures in the Greater Boston area in recent days, these conditions are dangerous for animals.

But when officers arrived on the scene, they made a discovery that surely brought good news to the concerned caller: the dog was actually a stuffed animal, and the urgent call had been a misunderstanding.

After sharing news of the false alarm on Tuesday, the Bridgewater Police Department received a flood of responses, with many praising the caller for his good intentions.

“Send love to this caller!” a user wrote. “If it was a living animal, he or she would have saved the poor dog!”

It’s true – with a heat wave predicted for this week, the dangerously hot weather poses a serious threat to pets in the area. Pet experts say our furry friends should be kept indoors during extreme heat.

With record temperatures across the country, it’s important to keep your dogs in mind when it comes to staying cool. Check out these tips for protecting your pets from the heat.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke to watch out for in a pet include severe panting, fainting, wobbling, confusion, collapsing, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Dogs should never be tied outside for more than four hours in the state of Massachusetts.

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