EUGENE, Ore. -- A crowd swarmed around a car in the Lane Community College parking lot on Thursday afternoon.
"A lot of people are upset. I'm mad," said Breanna Scroggins, one of the witnesses in the parking lot.
Scroggins said she got to LCC around 8 Thursday morning when the car arrived with the dog in tow.
"This gal that owns this car got here about five minutes after I did, with her dog barking and screaming in a kennel," said Scroggins. "And I came out here just a little bit ago, and the dog's still in here. It's about 100 degrees inside the car."
By 1 p.m., a Lane County Animals Services officer said the temperature had hit at least 115 degrees.
"People have been pouring, squirting water inside the kennel, getting the dog wet, trying to keep it cool," said Scroggins. "It's just amazing, how strangers would do that for someone else's dog."
"It's pretty sad, he's been yelping and we squirted water in there," said Rosalee Skyler Thursday afternoon.
Finally, officials shattered a car window to get the tiny dog out of the vehicle.
"I love animals, I couldn't see my dog in there," said Skyler.
Rick Hammel with Lane County Animal Services said the dog was released to the owner at the scene, and the dog was OK. He said a mother and daughter had brought the dog to Lane Community College Thursday but had miscommunicated about who would be taking care of it during the day.
The mother, Ailene Farkac, was charged with two counts of animal neglect in the second degree, which could carry a fine.