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Police Report: Woman Leaves Dog in Car on Hot Summer Day

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

On Wednesday at about 4:35 p.m., a call was made to about a dog left alone in a car parked in the parking lot of on Ford Rd.

The pooch, an 11-year old Chow-Cocker Spaniel mix, was left unattended in the sedan in direct sunlight while it was 95 degrees outside. The windows, however, were slightly ajar and when the responding officer arrived, he was able to unlock the door by reaching through the opened back window.

Shortly after freeing the dog, the owner, a 59-year woman, arrived to the car at about 4:50 p.m. The man who called Dearborn Police was still present and he got into an argument with the dog's owner. The argument eventually escalated and the owner yelled at the caller, whom the owner felt had no reason to be involved in the situation.

The owner claimed she had only gone into Target for about 10 minutes as planned. She was issued a citation and will have to appear in court for animal cruelty, but was nonetheless allowed to remain in possession of the dog.

As for the dog, it was breathing heavily when the officer arrived on the scene, but was otherwise healthy, the officer reported.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

Donna Hay June 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
What is the matter with these people that leave their children and dogs in a car on a hot day like Wed? What good is having the windows cracked - just plain stupid.
Ricardo June 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I didn't know heavy breathing was against the law?
AndreaVH June 24, 2012 at 08:10 PM
DUMB pet owner! Even a short time in a car with 95 degrees outside can get over 100 degrees inside a car. Ricardo, a dog breathing heavy means that he is in distress and is trying to cool itself off. If the dog had any medical problems in the past it could mean death for the dog. Yes the bystander was right in calling the police. Next time leave the dog at home or in the backyard with a bowl of water.

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