Man arrested in puppy's heat death

1 puppy survives, soon to be available for adoption

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police arrested a man who they said left two puppies in the back of a hot pickup truck, resulting in the death of one of the dogs.

The man, identified Monday afternoon as Humberto Sandoval, 36, was arrested Sunday afternoon at Woodlawn Lake Park after a passerby noticed two heat-exhausted puppies in the bed of his pickup truck.

One of the puppies was dead; the other, barely alive.

Sandoval told investigators that he and his daughter had left the puppies in the truck while they went to get snow cones.

The remaining puppy was taken by Animal Care Services and resuscitated by Animal ER staff and named "Ginger."

Sandoval told ACS investigators he had gotten the puppies from a person giving them away on the side of a road, which is against the law, as is leaving pets in a vehicle in a way in which they can come to harm.

An ACS investigator used a heat sensor to determine that the temperature in the bed of the truck was 119 degrees.

Ginger (pictured above) is available for adoption after her recovery. More information can be obtained by calling 210-207-6666 or by emailing


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