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Dog survives ride on hot engine during Southern California heat wave

Chevy is hanging out at an animal shelter until his owner comes forward. If not, he will be put up for adoption.
Chevy is hanging out at an animal shelter until his owner comes forward. If not, he will be put up for adoption. Courtesy San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Services

Talk about a hot dog: A pooch took a ride on the engine of a pickup truck from Chino to San Clemente on a day many areas in Southern California saw near record high temperatures.

The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado felt the pickup move slightly after he stopped in San Clemente on Monday. He had just driven from Chino to Orange and Camp Pendleton.

The Orange County Register says 52-year-old Jaime Magaña noticed fur above the left front tire and he opened the hood to find a 25-pound keeshond mix atop the engine. The newspaper has photos of the dog wedged inside the compartment.

Magaña gave it water, called for help and an animal control officer put the dog — nicknamed Chevy — into her air conditioned truck.

It perked right up.

Magaña says he's seen the dog in his Chino neighborhood.

Employees at the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter said on Tuesday that the dog is doing well and are searching for the owner.

They said it's not unusual to find small animals, like kittens, inside engine compartments. But a dog of Chevy's size is rare.

Do you know who owns Chevy? Please post a comment below.

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