Derek Rollins, a partner in Shackelford Melton & McKinley in Dallas, says he’s felt embarrassed this week as news spread on Facebook that he broke a car window to save a puppy from baking in the August heat.
“The story is that I broke the window. I didn’t actually break the window: The fire department did,” he says.
But he did play a role in saving the puppy on Aug. 4. “It wasn’t the type of thing I was looking to get attention for,” Rollins says.
Rollins recalls that he went to a grocery store to buy baby food for his 8-month-old, and while returning to his car he saw a woman standing by a car “looking a little panicked.” In the 110-degree heat, there was a panting yellow Labrador inside the locked car.
Rollins suggested the woman call the police for help — he says he’s unsure if she did — and he continued to his car to drop off his groceries. Rollins then returned to the car with the puppy in it, which attracted a small crowd during the incident.
“The dog was panting, sitting on the floorboard of the passenger side. We were knocking on the window trying to keep him looking at us,” says Rollins, who notes he also has a yellow Lab at home. The
police and fire department arrived quickly.
After the fire department broke the window, the dog’s owner, a young woman, came out of the store; Rollins says he heard her say she was only inside for five minutes. As he left, Rollins says he wondered how the owner would feel sitting in a hot car with no air for that long.
“My takeaway on the whole thing was, as much as we hear about it on the news, I’m surprised people would be so oblivious to the risk,” Rollins says.
-- Angela Morris