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Jackson Resident Cited for Animal Cruelty in Dearborn

The owner of a 9-year-old beagle said he didn't see anything wrong with leaving her in the car while he ate dinner.

Police responded to a call last Saturday afternoon of a dog left in a car outside of Dearborn’s Chinese Restaurant.

The caller, a Dearborn resident, told police that there was a dog locked inside a car with the windows rolled up.

When police arrived, several people were outside the restaurant observing the scene–including the dog’s owner, who had come to let the 9-year-old female beagle out after the woman who called found him in the restaurant.

The man, a resident of Jackson, Mich., who was there with two other adults, told police that he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. He said he often left his dog in the car year-round while out and about, as she got upset if left home alone. According to the owner, she never had a problem with the weather.

But responding animal patrol officer Jennifer Janiga said in her report that the dog was visibly overheated in Saturday’s 91-degree, heat–panting, struggling to breathe and eager to drink the icy cold water brought out by Kowloon staff.

The vehicle, Janiga continued, was parked in full sunlight without air conditioning and with the window only barely cracked.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, leaving an animal in the car during warm weather is like leaving them in an oven–even for a short period of time.

"Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat," said Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA vice president of Veterinary Outreach, on the organization’s website. "Heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly."

Miller added that, "symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.”

The beagle in Saturday’s case in Dearborn was determined not to need immediate veterinary care, but her owner was still cited for animal neglect. He will be required to contact Dearborn’s within 14 days.

ASPCA offers a free PetWeather App for Android and iPhone that tells users how the weather that day will affect your pet–including the possibility for dangerous or uncomfortable situations.

aussie June 13, 2011 at 12:53 AM
if you injure or you are cruel to an animal you should recieve the same punishment as if you did the same to a human. its just ashame that some people are not human and treat animals like trash. unlike the country i come from AUSTRALIA the courts do seem to treat animal abuse in this country a bit more harsher and thats a good thing. so to all you low lifes who treat animals with any sort of abuse you should all go to jail.
Pat Damone July 26, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Just reading this...I say take the animal abuser out and set them in a mound of ants coated with honey....payback is a bitch!

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