Three Dogs Saved From Overheated Abandoned Apartment, Are Up for Adoption

On Thursday, Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Florida rescued three dogs from an abandoned apartment after neighbors saw the pitbull mixes hanging their bodies out of a hole they broke through a screen on the third floor of the complex.

"Yesterday was like 100º outside," Zuleyca Serrano, who lives across the hall from the apartment, told local news station NBC2. "I think pets are like babies or like kids, so I can't imagine."

The apartment was rented by a woman named Carleen Martinez, according to police, and found in "disarray" with the AC unit turned off. One of the dogs was reportedly wandering through the hallway near Martinez's apartment.

All three dogs looked malnourished, with their rib cages peeking out of their fur, according to employees at the complex.

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Three dogs are getting a new lease on life after they were rescued from an abandoned apartment on a sweltering day. This is a stock image of a pitbull. Vladimira Tenzerová/Getty

Animal control posted a 24-hour notice on Martinez's door dated July 25, which meant the dogs were left without food and water for the entire weekend.

"It had to be hotter than Hades in there," said resident Dennis Purks, who also owns a dog at the complex.

"It's no wonder why the dogs were trying to get out. It's unfathomable for me to think that a human could treat a dog that way."

Martinez signed over the rights to the animals to Lee County Domestic Animal Services. An investigation has been launched regarding the incident as well.

A few states over in Tennessee, a dog named Church was rescued by a doctor after being dragged behind a vehicle. Dr. Gary Andes Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital worked to return the dog to optimal health. Once his work was complete, he adopted the dog as his own.

"He comes to work with me every day and goes home with me at night," said Andes.

"He's a big dog and he wants to be in your lap and that isn't always possible. He's a loving dog. He is becoming much more trusting every day. When he encounters new people now, he isn't apprehensive, he is friendly."

Florida is currently experiencing a massive heatwave. More than 620,000 people living in Florida are vulnerable to extreme heat, according to local statistics. By 2050, Florida is projected to see 130 dangerous heat days, more than any other state in the U.S.