Disney Resort Guest Leaves Four Puppies Trapped in Hot Car; Only Three Survive After Rescue

A collage of two images: on the left, a hot air balloon with a patterned design floats in the sky above Disney Springs at dusk; on the right, a fluffy black and white puppy with brown markings lies on a textured surface. Bernadoodle rescued at Disney Springs.
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WARNING: The following article mentions and/or discusses topics that may be distressing for certain audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office recently undertook a rescue mission that highlighted the critical role of law enforcement officers in safeguarding public safety at Disney Springs. In an unfortunate instance, Orange Country officers responded to a distressing report concerning four Bernedoodle puppies that had been irresponsibly left inside a sweltering hot car.

This incident not only underscores the significance of upholding animal welfare but also sheds light on the potential dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles, especially in the Florida heat. Unfortunately, one puppy did not survive this horrifying ordeal.

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First Responders Save Puppies Lives

It’s a story that will make any dog lover emotional. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the four puppies were initially purchased from a breeder and subsequently abandoned inside a car within a Disney Springs parking garage.

Disney Springs is a vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment district located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It offers a diverse array of experiences for visitors of all ages, making it a must-visit destination for those looking to explore all that Disney has to offer. Unfortunately, this Walt Disney World Resort location also became the scene of a disturbing instance of animal mistreatment.

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According to reports from the scene, the puppy owner thought a cracked window in a covered parking garage was enough to keep them cool. However, after 90 minutes of being away from the car at Disney Springs, the situation became dire for these puppies.

This rescue operation serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the significant role that the police play in ensuring the well-being of all individuals, including animals, within their jurisdiction.

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Three Puppies Find New Homes After Rescue

Unfortunately, the upsetting nature of this ordeal did not end there. One puppy sustained injuries from the temperatures inside the hot vehicle. It was decided that the dog had to be put down to avoid further suffering. However, the other three dogs experienced a happy ending when they were adopted by firefighters.

The swift and decisive action taken by the officers not only saved the lives of three of the vulnerable puppies but also served as a reminder of the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars. This rescue mission stands as a clear demonstration of the vital role that the police play in upholding justice, compassion, and the welfare of all members of the community, be they human or animal.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.


  1. I hope the old owner/breeder was charged! If not, she may do this again.

  2. joe craparotta

    please have these people arrested… This is HORRIBLE….

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