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Hot Dogs Land Owners in Hot Water

Homewood police recently issued two animal cruelty citations to dog owners for leaving their pooches in the car.

The owner of a large Rottweiler received a citation for animal cruelty after he left his dog in a parked car on a hot day. 

The temperature inside the car reached 90 degrees, and the dog appeared to be in distress, police said. The owner exited the Target store five minutes after the police entered the vehicle and gave the dog water.

Later that day, at 1:05 p.m., police were called to the parking lot of K-Mart, 17550 Halsted Street, where someone left a white, long-haired dog in a black Jeep with one window open approximately two inches. Police said the dog appeared “very lethargic.” The outside temperature at the time was 98 degrees. Police estimated the temperature inside the vehicle could have been as high as 114 degrees to 124 degrees. The dog seemed to be fine after taking water, police said. The dog’s owner was cited, police said.

Police report information is provided by the Homewood Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

babyboomer July 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Wow, why do we keep hearing this when the weather gets too hot. Maybe we should make these people get locked in the cars to see how it feels.
SouthSide July 12, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Idiots. There should be a stiffer penalty than just a citation. These people don't deserve to be dog guardians.

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