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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - While Tuesday proved to be a good day to enjoy outdoor activities, one dog left inside a parked car at the Saint Louis Zoo was having an undeservingly tough day.

According to Jeane Jae, an HSMO spokeswoman, the dog was pulled from the parked car Tuesday morning. A small bowl of water was found in the vehicle.

Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were able to unlock the car through a window and remove the dog. A notice was left on the windshield asking the owner to contact the Humane Society of Missouri.

Jae said the dog was lucky. The outside temperature was at 68 degrees, but the interior temperature of the car, which had been parked in the sun, measured at 104 degrees.

The dog is expected to be fine and was returned to the owner, who received a swift rebuke and stern warning from the HSMO's Animal Cruelty Task Force.

The HSMO and St. Louis police remind pet owners to never leave their pet in a parked car when it's more than 70 degrees outside. Leaving an animal in a hot, unattended car is both inhumane and illegal, and can result in serious injury or death in just minutes.

If you see a distressed animal in an unattended car, you're asked to contact the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Abuse Hotline at 314-647-4400.

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