Original post made by David on Jul 31, 2013
If you are going to walk the trail please leave the pets at home. And if you are an officer and get a call about pets locked in a hot car please do something besides writing a note and placing it in their window. To me it sends the wrong message.
on Jul 31, 2013 at 10:42 pm
Doesn't Lunardi's have a PA system? It's remarkable to me that those dogs weren't overcome in the typical Danville summer heat over the course of an hour. I appreciate your caring, and think that contacting the store managers nearby would have been a likely useful tactic. Your message might go something like this:
"There's a locked car in your parking lot with dogs in it. They are in distress from the heat, and can't shed it easily by panting. I will not stand idly by and witness cruelty. So before I break the window on that car to give those pups some relief, I'd like to ask you to announce the situation to your shoppers, so that one of them can avoid a big repair bill."
EVery year, dogs -- and children -- die in hot cars driven by adults who should know better. I can assure you -- and that driver -- that there are folks like me out there for whom the life of the animal is more precious than your car window. It's a last resort, but I would, and will take it to save the animal first, and worry about whether a court might disapprove later.
The cops, for their part could have called County Animal Control, but Martinez is a ways away under the best scenario.
on Jul 31, 2013 at 11:52 pm
The car was parked close to the train museum. So by where the car was parked one would assume that they were on a walk. I don't know anyone that would park that far away to shop. If it was parked closer to the store I would have had the store do a page. But I still feel the police could have done something other than leave a note. I do have the make/model of the vehicle as well as the plate number. But decided against posting that information.
on Aug 1, 2013 at 6:39 am
Went for a walk -- without the dogs? Why bring them at all? So much "Fail" in this situation!
Just heard on NPR that, so far in 2013, 2 California babies/kids and 24 nationwide have died of heat stroke in parked cars. Guessing that the canine toll is much, much higher.