At the time, the weather was a searing 91 degrees. But inside the car, it was even worse.
"It was 160 degrees in the car," Chris Harvey, one of the firefighters who responded to the call, told The Dodo in June. "We checked it with our thermal imaging camera."
Of course, California isn't the only state where people leave their pets in cars. Recently, The Dodo has covered cases from New York City - where a woman left her dog to swelter while she got her hair done - to a baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri, and a concert in Ontario, Canada.
California is among a handful of jurisdictions leading the legislative pack to give pets the protection they need. Other states like Florida, Tennessee and Wisconsin have variations on the same legislation essentially protecting people who damage property to save a life.
"There is a growing trend toward passing these so-called Good Samaritan laws involving animals in hot car situations," Dunn says.