Police in Boynton Beach, Florida are strongly warning dog owners against leaving their pets in parked cars – even if it’s just for ten minutes. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan spotted a dog in distress left alone on Saturday. The temperature inside of the car registered at 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
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 doggy 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.
“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.
Boynton Beach police also affirmed the law; it is illegal in the city to leave a pet in a parked car. Hundreds of cities across the country have similar laws. And even though animal advocates have reported to having been livid about this situation and that the dog was returned to his owner, the police department stated the problem is generally one of ignorance and not malice that leads to dangerous situations like these.
“Investigaor (Liz) Roehrich said most of the time she encounters dogs left in vehicles, the owners are otherwise responsible, loving and good caretakers. They just don’t know the law or they think that it’s OK if it’s only for a minute,” the Facebook post continued. “We are here to tell you that it is not. Ever.”
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