Woman: Yorkie wasn't stolen, but rather rescued from a hot car

Woman: Yorkie wasn't stolen, but rather rescued from a hot car

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Coco was reunited with Alana Freeman on Monday. Coco was reunited with Alana Freeman on Monday.
WYANDOTTE, Mich. (WJBK) -

A small dog was taken from a woman's car on Sunday. Now a woman says she wasn't trying to steal the dog. She was trying to save its life because it was locked in a car on a hot day. However, the dog's caregiver isn't so sure.

There was a happy reunion Monday at the Wyandotte pound. Five-month-old Coco is back with her family.

Alana Freeman and her family went shopping in Allen Park and left Coco in the car in her carrier. When they came out, she was gone.

A woman, who asked us not to identify her, said Coco got her attention.

"I heard a dog barking like crazy, like going crazy, like super high pitched," she said. "It was like a two pound dog that was in a carrier. It couldn't get to the air."

The self-proclaimed dog lover said she and her husband tried to find the owner. When that didn't work, she said she called the police.

"We waited and waited and waited, and I waited by the car, and he was walking up and down the street asking people if that was their car," she explained.

She said police never arrived.

"When I went back, I could see through the mesh in the carrier, and the dog was on its side, and it was up and down really fast, its chest or like its belly, and its tongue was hanging out of the side of its mouth," she claimed.

That is when she made her move.

"All I did was just stuck my hand in the window and opened the door," she explained.

She said she waited even longer, and then left with Coco an hour-and-a-half after she found her.

"It's not like I wanted to take the dog from her owner. I didn't want the dog to die," she remarked.

"I'm sure she's not a veterinarian or anything like that, so how valid is her opinions?" Freeman said. "All four windows were down... and I wasn't in the store that long, and my air conditioner was running."

"On a 78 degree day, it can reach 100 degrees in 20 minutes. So I knew it was somewhere around 80 degrees," the dog lover said. "Don't leave your dogs in the car. They will die fast."

"It comes up on the news with the reward, and now you're saying my dog was in that condition. I mean, that's hard to believe," Freeman said.

We asked Animal Control what should someone do if they find themselves in this situation. They told us the best thing to do is not to pop the lock and take the dog, but to call police. Don't get involved. Wait for someone to come and release the dog.

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