Last year, after a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers wound up being 13 innings long. And for almost that long, a 16-week-old puppy was locked inside a sweltering car in the parking lot outside the Kauffman Stadium. The temperature in Kansas City that day was above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and with the sun shining down on the car, it made the inside of it much hotter than that.
Thankfully, Josh Lee and his family left the game early and happened to hear cries coming from a nearby car. They followed the whimpers and it led them right to a blue Honda with an adorable little puppy inside, with windows only slightly cracked open and no food or water. They were able to wedge the windows down and open the car to get the pup out. Lee then called the police who alerted stadium staff.
“Right when that door opened, I’ve never seen an animal so happy to be outside,” Lee’s brother, Michael Warner, told KMBC. “I mean he came running out…licking every person that touched him, just overjoyed to be out there.”
An hour after the game had ended, the owner of the puppy still never showed up. The city is investigating this incident as animal cruelty, which has a conviction of a maximum prison sentence of 180 days and a $1,000 fine.
“Considering that the game ended in the 13th and we found the pup in the eighth,” Lee said in an interview with the Kansas City Star, “we very well may have saved his young life.” The puppy is safe with a local rescue, KC Pet Project, while waiting to see if anyone comes forward. If no one does, Lee has already volunteered to adopt him.