A number of people who saw at least six dogs were left in a sweltering car--with the windows closed-- were so outraged that they, per WABC 7 Eyewitness News, "liberated the animals and then blasted their owner" on Saturday afternoon.
Upper West Side residents claimed the dogs had been alone in the car for more than an hour, and, after watching the pups pant away, finally one person let the dogs out (it's unclear if a car door was unlocked). Then they put the dogs on leashes to walk them and gave them water. Which was very disconcerting for the dogs' owner, Philomena McNamara; upon her return, she tried to take her dogs back but one neighbor refused.
If you watch the video, you'll see the police stopping McNamara from leaving, not to mention some choice words exchanged between the residents and McNamara. She was eventually given a summons for animal cruelty and her dogs were taken to a shelter. McNamara also told the WABC 7 that "it was poor judgement on her part but neighbors overreacted." And here are summer tips from the ASPCA, which says animals should never be left in cars, even with windows left open.