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Despite repeated warnings by police, news stations, animal advocates, and the general public, people continue to carelessly leave dogs inside parked cars.
Such was the case on Wednesday when Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to an alert about a dog left in a truck with no water, showing signs of distress, at the Glen Burnie District Courthouse parking lot.
According to an announcement by the AACPD,
Upon arrival, officers spoke with a civilian witness, who said she noticed a dog unattended in a pickup truck. The caller said that she had been present at the scene at least 30 minutes before the arrival of police. The officers noted that one of the truck’s windows was open only about one inch and there was no water available for the dog. The dog appeared to be in distress. Officers made attempts to locate the vehicle’s owner in the court house without success. Based on the fact that the temperature was 90 degrees and the dog, a 7-year-old Scot-Terrier mix, was in obvious distress, the officers broke a window to rescue the dog.
About 30 minutes after they rescued the dog, his owner, 54-year old James Humphries, returned to the truck.
He was given a citation for leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle. The dog was evaluated by Animal Control and, because he did not need medical attention, was returned to the owner.
While temperatures outside were in the low 90’s, temperatures inside a vehicle, even with windows down, can soar to over 120-degrees in only a few minutes.
Please, leave your dogs at home or keep them by your side.