The two dogs rescued by a sheriff's deputy in Indio from inside a car where the temperature was 134 degrees now need a second rescue after having been relinquished by their owner.
The two terrier mixes were rescued about 2:15 p.m. Monday in the car that was parked outside the Indio courthouse, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
The two dogs were taken to a veterinary hospital and appeared to be in good condition Monday evening, agency spokesman John Welsh said.
"They likely cooled down during the drive from the courthouse," he said.
Simba, a female with a fluffy white coat, and Scar, a male with a curly, black coat, were immediately made available for adoption, the agency announced Tuesday.
The unaltered, 9-month-old dogs were being cared for at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, where officials said they would only offer the dogs for adoption as a "package deal to keep them together," according to a news release from the agency.
The owner, who was not identified, was cited for leaving the dogs unattended in a vehicle under conditions that could endanger their health, despite having relinquished custody, the agency said.