We just love dogs around here, but one thing we have no patience for are bad pet owners. Some are just lazy, and some are actually mean and abusive, but there really is no excuse for not taking care of your furbabies. We just found a story about a Georgia pet owner who left their dog in a sealed hot car. Thankfully the police were able to rescue it, but you are not going to believe how sad this story could have turned out.
In this day and age there is simply no good reason at all to leave a pet unattended in a sealed car on a sunny day. However, that is exactly what some Georgia pet owner did. Thankfully, a concerned citizen saw the animal and called the police, who were able to rescue it.
On Sunday afternoon, a passerby noticed a dog sealed inside a locked car. It was a warm day outside, with a high of 89 degrees. Inside the car however, the temperature was climbing to 167 degrees.
The passerby called 911 and reported it to the Roswell Police Department. Thankfully a cruiser was only seconds away and responded immediately.
Officer Lisa Holland says “The windows were actually cracked. All of the windows were cracked. But that doesn’t mean, you know, that the car is getting any sort of breeze. It was parked directly in the sunshine. There was no shade for this car.”
They freed two dogs and opened a nearby fire hydrant to let them cool off. Unfortunately, one of the dogs went into a seizure from the heat.
Officers went into a nearby movie theatre to find the owner, where she sat watching a movie with her children. She has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.
The dogs have been taken to a nearby clinic, but cannot be adopted out as they are evidence in the criminal case.
Police released the body-cam footage in an effort to spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets inside a vehicle when it’s hot out. They asked the public to call 911 if they see an animal trapped inside a hot car to prevent future tragedies.
Currently only twenty three states have laws specifically to protect animals left in locked cars. The states that have these laws include Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
For people interested in the legal rights of animals and pet owners in the various states, there are a number of resources including Michigan State University’s Animal Legal Center, The Animal Legal Defense Fund, The American Kennel Club, The Humane Society of The United States, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Each of these organizations and institutions work diligently to protect those who have no voice of their own, to help ensure the safety and proper care of animals, and to raise public awareness of legal and ethical issues that need addressing. Some specialize in domesticated pets, while others work to create protections for livestock and laboratory animals as well.
Have you ever seen such terrible negligence? What should the pet owner’s punishment be if she is convicted? Please share your thoughts and stories with us here.
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