Woman who broke car window to save dog: "I wasn't going to wait. I wasn't going to watch a dog die."

Created: 07/03/2014 5:09 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

The woman says it was a matter of life or death. She says she broke a car window to help save a dog trapped inside. She says she spotted the dog during Wednesday’s hot, humid weather.

Wegmans security officials say a customer got upset after seeing a dog in an empty vehicle at the East Avenue Wegmans Wednesday night. The customer called police and Wegmans security, but before they found the owner, the customer managed to break the car window with her shoe.

The customer says she was doing what any Good Samaritan would do. She says she'd do it again. 

Elizabeth Gibson said, “I kind of switched into action mode. I took my shoe off and I smashed the window.”

The window of a car she says had a small poodle inside. With temperatures in the nineties and the window barely cracked, Gibson says it was a matter of life and death. The dog had been in the car 45 minutes and the heat was setting in. Gibson says she had called police and Wegmans staff, but they were taking too long to respond.

Gibson said, “I wasn't going to wait. I wasn't going to watch a dog die.”

After breaking the dog out, she took her inside the store and doused her in cold water.

Gibson said, “Her skin was so hot to the touch, I was scared it was too late.”

Gibson says the dog did come around and even wagged its tail. When the owners came, they were upset about the car window, but mostly happy their dog was okay.

The owners of the poodle aren’t from the area, but were traveling through. Police did respond, but no charges have been filed. 

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