If you live in South Florida in the summer, how can you not know that leaving a dog in a car is both cruel and a crime? On Saturday, two Boynton Beach police officers broke the back window of a vehicle to save a dog from 110 degree heat inside of a locked vehicle.
According to the Facebook page of the Boynton Beach Police Department, a Good Samaritan called 911 at 10:30 a.m. to report a dog had been left in a light blue Buick parked in a shopping center. The car had been turned off, the windows were up and the temperatures were soaring. When police arrived, they tried to find the dog’s owner, but with no success. Sgt. John Dunlop used his baton to break the window and rescue the dog.
Fifteen minutes later, the dog’s owner appeared and told authorities she had just left the dog park with her rescue dog and pulled into the bank. Because the drive-in section was closed, she said she had to walk to the main section of the bank – leaving her dog in the car. She should have known better. The dog’s owner was cited for violation of Palm Beach County Ordinance 98-22, Section 24 … dog left unattended in vehicle. Animal Cruelty Investigator Liz Roehrich also educated the woman about the dangers of leaving her dog in the extreme heat and told her she was very lucky her dog survived.
Never assume you can leave your pet inside of an unattended vehicle even for a few minutes. Surely, we have all sat in cars with the engines and the air-conditioning turned off and realize just how quickly a car can heat up to deadly temperatures. Remember our dogs cannot open a window, and they only sweat through panting a slightly through their paws.
“Our advice, stop being lazy (harsh, yes but true),” the Boynton Beach Police posted. “Bring your pet home and then go back out to run whatever errands you need to do. We are animal lovers, and we’re lucky our residents and visitors are too. Special thanks to Lisa Diamond, who called 911 this morning and likely saved this dog’s life, and also took these great videos and photos.”
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Check out the rescue video. Do you think it was the right thing to do giving the dog back to his owner?