In Delray Beach, Florida, a man left a little dog inside of a parked car on Sunday as temperatures soared to nearly 100 degrees in the vehicle. Fortunately, Phil Rubin had been walking into church when he first spotted a little black nose peeking out of the car’s window.
According to WpbfNews, Rubin assumed the dog’s owner was a member of the church congregation at Christ Missionary Baptist Church, but when Rubin left church more than two hours later, the dog was still there, and the little pup was frantically sticking his nose out of the small opening of the window and yelping in distress. That’s when Rubin called the police, but while waiting he went over to the car and gave the poor dog water.
“It really stank. It was horrible,” stated Rubin. “There was urine and feces. I put a bottle of water into the opening. It just like went crazy. It was so thirsty.”
According to Rubin, the dog drank 32 ounces of water. The temperatures in Delray on Sunday registered in the 80s; one can only imagine how hot the car was with the windows just slightly ajar. Soon the fire department arrived and opened the car door.
The little dog’s name is Curly, and his owner is Philemon Wring, a homeless man who lives in his car. Wring now faces animal cruelty charges, and told authorities he has no place to leave his dog while he works except in his car. He did tell police he tries to check on his dog from time to time, but it was Curly who almost lost his life in a terribly cruel manner. Curly has been seized by Animal Care and Control where he has been bathed and shaved – he looks a lot better than he did in Wring’s car-all dirty and matted.
As to what will happen to Curly and Wring, that is a question yet to be decided. Wring has previously been cited for violations relating to his dog including a complaint last year for leaving Curly in the car.
“There are a lot of homeless people that take excellent care of their animals,” stated the manager of Animal Care and Control, Dave Walesky. “In this case, it’s questionable that that’s what’s happening.”
Would you reunite Curly and Wring? What do you think? Animal Care and Control has ten days to consider returning the dog; otherwise it will be up to a judge to decide.
(Photo of homeless man leaving his dog Curly in hot car via Phil Rubin and Wpbf News)
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