While it may have cooled off a bit compared to last week, it is still hot enough to pose a danger to pets inside a vehicle, and it’s illegal. Two individuals recently learned this the hard way.
On Sunday, July 15, the owner of a large white dog received a citation for animal cruelty after he left the animal in a parked vehicle at Target, 17605 Halsted Street at 1:40 p.m. Police said one window of the vehicle was rolled down approximately one inch. Police removed the dog from the vehicle after searching for the owner for about 25 minutes, according to the police report.
On Monday, July 16, a dog owner received a municipal ordinance violation citation for animal cruelty after he or she left a dog inside a locked vehicle in the Jewel parking lot, 3153 W. 183rd Street. Police said two of the vehicle’s windows were down about an inch and the dog was panting heavily and appeared lethargic inside the vehicle. The outside temperature at the time was 86 degrees, police said. Police tried unsuccessfully to locate the vehicle and dog’s owner. When they could not, they entered the vehicle and tended to the dog. The owner retrieved the dog at the Homewood Police Department about 40 minutes later.
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.