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home : opinions : opinions February 26, 2015


6/24/2013 4:53:00 PM
Dogs left to suffer
Dawn Jenness, Rice Lake

I went to a local retail store Monday. It was 80 degrees outside. When I pulled into the parking lot, I heard dogs crying. I looked and two lanes over there was a vehicle with two dogs in it, with the windows barely cracked. I went inside the store, but no one really seemed to want to help.
Finally one of the store customer service people paged for the person by stating the make, model and license plate of the vehicle. I'm not sure how anyone could hear the page it was so quiet. No one came forward.
Now, about 10 minutes have gone by and I'm standing in front of the doors closest to Main Street, and finally the store manager came over and asked if he could help me. I told him what was going on. I told him that the customer service people only paged once, and I told him the dogs were suffering. His response was "I don't know what you want us to do about it."
I was now livid. How could anyone allow that to happen? So, I told him he lost my business, and that I was calling the police. By now, another 5 minutes have gone by. I got to my car and called 911.
Within a couple minutes more, the owner of the vehicle finally came out and opened his back door to put his purchases in his vehicle. I told him that the store tried to page him and that the police were on the way. His response was "well I just stopped in."
Yeah, right. Over 15 minutes that man left those dogs suffering in his car and he showed absolutely no concern. To know that people have dogs, who don't deserve them, breaks my heart. I think the laws need to change. I think that if someone takes photos-don't forget the license plate (time stamped showing how long the dog(s) are in the car) or takes a video for even more proof, and be sure to take a photo of the driver getting in the vehicle with the dog(s)-that should be enough to charge the driver with cruelty to animals. Repeated offense? Make the fines much stiffer, or better yet, include jail time.
How many animals have to suffer or die before something changes?

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Dawn Jenness

Whoever responded to this story is sadly mistaken and completely uninformed. Please see the following for the REAL information on temperatures in cars even WITH the windows cracked: http://www.redrover.org/mydogiscool/how-hot-do-cars-get

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Anthony Zyga

Dawn, I think you are quite honestly making a mountain out of a molehill.

I'm a dog owner, and have raised dogs or had a dog virtually all my life. If it had been a hundred degrees or more in outside, then i could understand you making the issue of this that you have. as it stands it was 80 degrees for around fifteen minutes to half an hour to be generous. We also don't know how far down the windows were? how many windows were open? how far does "barely cracked" stand from a rolled down window perspective? Was there access to water in the car? How long had it been since they had access to water?
That list of questiosn alone pokes enough holes in your "cruelty to animals case".
To be very blunt, you were simply throwing a hissy fit because YOU didn't get YOUR way, much like a small child would. I understand your concern for the animals and that's great! next time, just use your head a little more.
While I by no means advocate leaving any animal or child in a car in the summer time, the dogs were by no means suffering. I hate to break it to you, but they were not suffering. And I doubt you would find a judge in the state who would rule so. So to jump to the conclusion that these people don't deserve dogs simply off of that ONE instance is quite simply foolish. By using your own logic against you, I have only read this one opinion piece by you, and think that you use knee-jerk reaction to your emotions to make decisions, and you aren't fit to make them, so you shouldn't be allowed to do anything associated with (insert topic here), because your emotions clearly interfere with your ability to rationally make decisions.

If you leave them in there all day without access to water, or cracked windows, then i can see cruelty charges. without a doubt. slap some hefty fines on them and call it a day.

Calling 911 for this situation was quite honestly a foolish decision. had the dogs been left in there for hours then perhaps it would be justified. If you want to sit outside for hours at a time, trying to crucify people that leave a dog in a car for a little while, then hey, who am I to stop you. There is lots of actual animal cruelty in the world, and while stopping it is a noble goal, starting with animals stuck in cars over actual cases of neglect and abuse is just sadly misguided.

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