Close Call Leads to Arrest at The Mall at Greece Ridge
Fairport, N.Y. – Lollypop Farm Humane Law Enforcement Investigators were called on August 10th to assist Greece Animal Control Officers when two dogs were discovered in a hot car at The Mall At Greece Ridge. The owner of the adult female mixed-breed and puppy was issued a ticket after having left the dogs in the car for over two hours.
Despite the driver’s window being completely down and both rear windows halfway down, the interior temperature of the car was over 100⁰F. Both dogs were noticeably lethargic and panting heavily, and the puppy was unresponsive. Unable to locate the owner, Lollypop Farm Humane Law Enforcement left a Notice to Comply for the owner, removed the dogs from the vehicle for their wellbeing, and brought them back to the shelter where they were examined by Lollypop Farm veterinary staff.
“Unfortunately, there is a belief out there that things like parking in the shade and rolling down the windows can help keep the car cool even when it’s hot out,” explains Lollypop Farm Investigator Laura Thompson. “But these things do very little to keep a car cool. It can be very dangerous and even fatal for dogs who can be especially susceptible to heat stroke.”
By the time the dogs arrived at Lollypop Farm their temperatures were found to be within normal range, although still very warm to the touch. The owner was issued a ticket for the violation and the dogs were returned back into their custody in good health.
“This story could have ended very differently,” says Investigator Thompson. “It’s our hope that this close call serves as a reminder to pet owners that hot cars are dangerous for pets. Your best option is always to leave your pet safe at home whenever possible.”
To learn more about the dangers of hot cars and sign a pledge to never leave a pet in a hot car visit: www.lollypop.org/toohotforspot.