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With the windows down, the doors locked, and the sun beating down, 8 dogs were trapped, leashed in the back of a box truck, while their dog walker – the woman hired to care for them – went shopping at the mall.
It was warm in San Francisco last week, about 70-degrees. And, with the truck parked in direct sunlight, temperatures inside could easily have reached triple-digits during the 2 and a half hours that Pamela Uberti, the owner of 4 Your Paws Only dog walking and pet sitting service, was shopping.
Passersby told KRON4 that they heard barking – and lots of it. Witnesses claim the dogs were clearly in distress, struggling and without water.
Witnesses called police who sent Animal Control to the scene. Animal Control officers said the dogs were ok and were in no immediate danger, therefore let them remain in Uberti’s custody. They did say, however, that Uberti, while not criminally charged, will likely lose her dog walking license.
Uberti’s website, 4 Your Paws Only, claims to offer excellent dog walking and in-home pet care services “with the highest standards.” They also claim to offer “tender loving care” and to “provide lots of water during outdoor adventures.”