Police Rescue 22 Dogs Found Living Inside Sweltering Hot Car

The animals are now up for adoption.

A dog and 21 puppies, trapped inside a scorching vehicle, have been rescued by police in New York.

The NYPD responded to a 911 call on Monday about a woman inside a parked car in the Bronx.

When the officers arrived, they say they found 21 puppies and a 4-year-old German shepherd alongside the woman in a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

The dogs were living in dangerously sweltering temperatures inside the car and most of them were malnourished with several health conditions, police said. 

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According to Public Information Officer Brian Magoolaghan, the woman owned the dogs and authorities believe she is emotionally disturbed.

The officers from the 45 Precinct immediately called the Adore-a-Bullies Paws and Claws Rescue and the Bobbi and the Strays animal shelter for assistance.

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The shelters picked the dogs up and treated them with baths and vaccines. The dogs were also spayed and neutered.

“The dogs are doing very well,” Roberta Giordano, from Bobbi and the Strays, told InsideEdition.com on Friday. “They’re not aggressive and are very attached to one another.”

Kim Stein, coordinator of Adore-a-Bullies Rescue, told InsideEdition.com that the German shepherd is like a "big brother" to the little pups.

“The German shepherd is a phenomenal dog,” said Stein. “He’s amazingly social and sweet and checks on all of the other puppies.”

The two dozen canines are now available for adoption and looking for their forever homes.

“I understand that giving up an animal that you care about is the hardest thing in the world,” said Stein. “But our focus is saving these animals.”

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