WHITBY -- An elderly chow chow dog is recovering after it was found tied outside in the front yard of a home on June 21. The humidex level at the time was near 43 degrees Celsius. June 25, 2012

WHITBY -- An elderly chow chow dog is recovering after it was found tied outside in the front yard of a home on June 21. The humidex level at the time was near 43 degrees Celsius. June 25, 2012

DURHAM -- An elderly chow chow dog is recovering after it was found near death under the blazing sun in the front yard of a home last week.

Acting on a tip, Humane Society of Durham Region investigator Debby Houghton discovered the dog tied outside next to the porch of a house in north Oshawa on June 21. The humidex level at the time was near 43 degrees Celsius.

The dog was not lying still and appeared to be in extreme distress, Ms. Houghton said in a release issued Monday. "The dog looked as if it had tried to get in behind a small cedar hedge to get out of the sun, however got tangled up with a retractable type leash."

When Ms. Houghton removed the leash, the dog was unable to move or stand up. She carried it to her air-conditioned van to provide water and it began to convulse. The dog has been under veterinary care since then and its condition is improving.

"This was a terrible and very sad case involving a dog that had endured a great deal of suffering," said Ms. Houghton.

"To leave a dog unattended on one of the hottest days this year, and an older dog at that, is totally unacceptable. The veterinarian attending to the dog has commented that if 10 more minutes had elapsed the dog would have probably died."

Animal cruelty charges are pending.

Humane Society officials are reminding the public that animals should not be left out in direct sunlight or in cars for any period of time in scorching summer temperatures.

Call: 905-665-7430

E-mail: info@humanedurham.com

Visit: http://web.humanedurham.com

Reporter Parvaneh Pessian covers the town of Whitby for Metroland Media Group's Durham Region Division