Call police when animals are abused
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 2:46 pm

In regard to “Hot Dog” (June 19 to June 25): Many thanks to the writer for this but why not go into Save A Lot and ask store staff to make an announcement that there’s a white SUV outside with a major problem...Give them 60 seconds to get their you-know-what to the car. If they are not there in 60 seconds, do not hesitate to call the police. If they do happen to show up at the car then use the opportunity as a teachable moment; maybe you can educate the dog owner as to the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car. I witnessed similar scene last summer at Price Chopper; a dog in a car with windows down about an inch. I went back into the store, asked manager if he could make an announcement; owners were checking out and overheard me. They looked at me like I had two heads when I explained it can take just a few minutes for a dog to become seriously overcome with heat. What I couldn’t understand is why not send 1 person in to do the shopping so other person can stay with dog/car with windows open or try to find some shade to park in. But the message to the general public is that you should never just walk away if you witness this. Call the police if that’s your only option. Thanks to the writer for at least leaving a note; sad thing is the dogs probably should have been inside doing the shopping and the owner left in the car as you suggested.