Everyone, by now, should be aware that dogs in parked cars, on hot days (even warm days!) is a no-no. And people have been advised to call the police if they see a dog who is being forced to endure the heat inside of an unattended, parked car.
One woman in Tigard, Oregon, did what she was supposed to – she called the police when she saw a dog locked inside of a parked car on a day when it was 82-degrees outside. According to KOIN News, Katie York saw a German shepherd inside of a car which was parked at the Washington Square Mall last Friday.
The dog was panting inside of the vehicle, which only had a slightly cracked window for “circulation.” York waited for 25 minutes for a police officer to arrive – in that period of time, not including how long the dog had been inside of the car before York arrived, the interior temperature was likely over 114-degrees.
Despite the outside heat – and obvious heat inside, the responding police officer determined that the dog inside of the car was not suffering enough to be removed. York told KOIN, “The officer that arrived said she evaluated the dog and to her assessment, the dog didn’t seem to be in distress.”
According to the Tigard Police Department, the officer who responded to York’s call was a former veterinary technician and it was her opinion that the dog was okay – breaking into the vehicle to remove him from the car was not required.
The dog’s owner eventually returned and was “counseled” on the dangers of leaving pets inside of parked cars – no citations were issued.
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