On Friday afternoon, temperatures climbed to a scorching 111 degrees as part of a brutal heat wave sweeping Scottsdale, Arizona.
Being outside for more than a few minutes meant risking sunburn, heatstroke or worse. While most were inside enjoying the air-conditioning, one chocolate Lab-retriever mix found himself in the worst spot.
He had been abandoned by an owner who didn't want him anymore — leaving him tied up in front of Desert Tails Shelter, beneath a mesquite tree whose wispy leaves offered little shade.
Faced with few options, the desperate dog chewed himself free of his red rope leash.