No charges after dog left in hot car in Potsdam?
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 7:51 am

To the Editor:

On Sunday, June 1, I reported a dog closed in a car to the Potsdam Police Department.

Apparently we were not the only people to call in this complaint. This was at roughly 4:45 p.m.

When the police officers arrived, our names. ages and phone numbers were taken down, and then we were told that they needed nothing further from us. I talked with the second officer at the scene (unfortunately I never thought to take their names), and he informed me that no tickets would be issued, as the dog was not in distress: still able to stand and not convulsing or having seizures.

I find it hard to believe that is the case. The first officer was talking to the couple, who were quite belligerent to the concerned people that had gathered, and within a few minutes, they were on their way.

This was a lucky day for the small dog, a long-haired Pomeranian, as it was 82 degrees outside when I called.

I’m dismayed that this was the most that the law could or was willing to do.

That the dog has to be in that definition of distress before anything can be done is appalling to me, and many others I’m sure.

I urge anyone who agrees to share their concerns with the Potsdam police at 265-2121.

William C. Hill