While many of us like to think that we’ll know exactly what to do when faced with a life-threatening event, the reality is that many of us freeze in the face of danger. One man saw a group of people desperately gathering around a parked car with a seemingly ‘lifeless dog’ inside. The man didn’t have to think twice before he ran to grab his axe and rescued the poor dog from the boiling hot car.
Bill Morris, AKA the hero of our story, was on his way to buy a vacuum cleaner when he saw the desperate pooch in need. A crowd gathered around the car but no one was doing anything. Morris neared the window to get a better look at the dog. He was on the phone with the police, but they put him on hold for too long. The man was afraid that the dog wouldn’t make it if he waited any longer. The small Yorkie was heavily panting with his eyes closed. He was only a few minutes away from certain death. “The dog was minutes away from dying and I just thought, ‘I need to do something here,” Morris later told The Sun.
Knowing that time is limited, Morris ran to his car and grabbed his axe. Samantha Harvey, one of the spectators, shot a video of the event for evidence. Morris had to hit the window 8 times before successfully breaking it. The dog was at the back seat, safe from being hit by any glass shards. The man finally managed to break the window with his axe on the 9th strike, and rescued the distressed pooch from the boiling hot car.
The police came soon after, and fortunately, seemed more concerned about the dog’s wellbeing than the broken car window. People estimated that the dog was trapped in the car for more than 45 minutes. Officers rushed the dog to a vet, to further assess his health. “The police took all of my details but at no point did they charge me or caution me for a criminal offense or even say what I did was wrong,” the man said. “If I was in the same situation tomorrow I would do exactly the same thing. I don’t regret it.”
The owner finally appeared along with her daughter, minutes after the dog was evacuated. She was shocked and overwhelmed with emotions, but not over the dog. When Morris confronted her and asked whether she’d leave her daughter in the car for 45 minutes, her answer was a simple “no”. Realizing her wrongdoings, the woman quickly apologized to everyone and said that she ‘doesn’t know what she was thinking’. Sadly, the woman did not receive any charges except for the brief public shaming.
Watch the heroic rescue in the video below:
Don’t forget to share this video with your friends and family to remind them never to leave pets or people in cars.