All too often people will see a dog in a hot car and do nothing out of fear of making a scene or confronting a possibly combative owner returning to the car. But when a Connecticut woman found a tiny dog panting in the front seat of a car parked in the sun, she decided to take action.
“I came out of a store and heard a dog barking,” animal advocate Enid Breakstone explains. “It turned out, after a few minutes of searching, that the Shih Tzu type dog was left in a car with all four windows rolled down about two inches. I guess the owner of the car thought this was sufficient.”
As in most cases, the small dog was most likely a beloved pet. It’s these companions who most often find themselves in danger of heat stroke when drivers underestimate the power of the sun. (Click for info on heatstroke in dogs)
“The dog was panting and jumping from the back dashboard to the back seat and then into the front seat. Clearly he was distressed,” Enid explains.
Enid went back into the store she had just left and straight to the manager who made an announcement on the loud speaker, but there was no reply. Enid repeated this process in three separate stores until she found a woman who was the owner of the car.
“She was older, maybe late sixties, and when she heard me talking to the sales associates at the customer service desk, she said the dog was hers.” Enid explains.
“I yelled at this woman from across the store, practically brow beat her as she left to get to her car,” Enid said firmly. “All the while we were walking, I was yelling at her that she should never leave her dog in the car during this type of weather. I told her that if she couldn’t take her dog inside wherever she was going, she needed to leave him at home.”
Turns out that Enid’s defense of the dog inspired the manager of the first store to come outside and record the license plate on the vehicle.
“The crazy thing is that this woman claimed her dog was OK,” Enid said. ”She had just left him, so she said. But it took me a few minutes to locate the car; the barking was bouncing off the buildings and I couldn’t figure out where the car was. It took me another 10 minutes to locate this woman, so the dog had to be in the car at least 15 minutes or more.”
Enid went on to report the driver who sped away without acknowledging any fault in the incident, but who thinks this driver might just think twice before ever taking her dog in a hot car again? After all, you never know when there might be an Enid on the way.
Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue squads.