Hotter days are around the corner and most of us know the dangers of leaving our dog in a hot car. Why then do we hear about terrible tragedies every year. I saw the article below and felt pleased that the police had taught the woman a lesson, but still know deep down that more suffering will happen this year.
Police Make Woman Sit In Hot Car After She Locked Her Dog Inside It
One police officer decided to teach a woman a lesson after she left her dog in a hot car while doing some errands.
As the weather gets hotter and hotter, people are being warned that leaving animals in a hot car can kill them, and police officers even have permission to break into cars if they see a dog in distress, but one officer decided to go a little bit further than that.
The officer from Ohio, America, made a woman actually get into the boiling car she felt it was ok to leave her dog in, and see how much she enjoyed sweating and struggling in the heat.
The woman was eventually let out of the car and was fine, if a bit embarrassed and uncomfortable, but really, all we cared about was learning the dog was ok too, and thankfully he was.
The police officer meanwhile has become our new favourite person.
The photo above is very powerful, but again it will only be really ‘seen’ by the people who know and care. The following story is true and I cant help thinking that this extremely sad incident could have happened to anyone.
What this man did to save a dog in a hot car was very smart and very compassionate. I saw this story circulating on the Internet and thought I would share it as it has an important message for all pet parents, especially because every summer I read stories with not so happy endings as this one.
“I saw a dog dying in a 100+ degree car one day with the window opened just a few inches, the police wouldn’t come out, and I was running out of time.”
“So instead of busting out the guy’s windows and facing possible criminal charges, I went into the garage, grabbed my shop vac, stuck it in my car with the AC on full blast and stuck the hose on the discharge port and shoved it into the guy’s car window.”
“It turns out the guy ran into his dad’s house and found him stroking out on the kitchen floor, called the EMT and in his freaked out panicked stage he rode with the ambulance to the hospital and forgot about his buddy sitting in his truck.”
“When he finally came back (within an hour), he broke down in tears when he saw my rig running and his dog wagging his tail inside his vehicle. All ended well with dog and dad. And to this day the guy and I (and the dog) are all good friends.”
I wish I knew who wrote it because I would thank him for being such a kind and thoughtful man!
This story highlights the predicament that some people face. We all know that we run the risk of being prosecuted if we damage a car rescuing a dog. It is a very tricky area if you think about it. If it was made legal you could find that the law would be abused and over exuberant people would start smashing car windows even if the dog wasn’t suffering. As I say a tricky conundrum. I recently saw this article.
Diane Byard said she and a group of shoppers noticed the dog in the Mustang and were waiting on police before Hammons came.
“He says we can’t let this dog die, and he starts smashing the windows.”
Hammons used his wife’s wheelchair leg to smash the window, freeing the dog.
“I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction,” Hammons said. “And I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it.”
Witnesses say when the owner of the car came out of the store, she was furious, and demanded deputies take action.
“We would not have made those charges on our own,” said Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems. “The deputies on scene say the owner of the car and of the dog was very insistent that he be charged with criminal trespassing.”
The dog’s owner told police she had only been gone five minutes.
“It wasn’t just five minutes like the lady stated, it was a lot longer,” Byard said. “I personally felt the heat in the car; I saw the dog panting. This dog was in distress.”
The dog’s owner could not be reached for comment Monday.
“If it is 80 degrees outside, within 30 minutes, it will be 114 degrees inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked,” Byard said.
The owner was cited for leaving the dog in the hot car. But without surveillance video, deputies say it is hard to tell how long the dog was actually left in the car.
Georgia state law does allow an individual to break a window to save a child in a hot or cold car, but not a pet. That is something that animal advocates say they are working to change.
The question is this, what would you do if you came across a dog in a hot car? I know what I would do. absolutely no question I would smash the window and I believe most of us would.