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Couple Charged For Leaving Dog In Hot Car

A couple in Waltham, MA left their 3 year old french bulldog in a hot car for over a half hour while they were at...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Aug 7th 2008


A couple in Waltham, MA left their 3 year old french bulldog in a hot car for over a half hour while they were at the shopping mall. They called the police when they returned to their car and found she was “limp and unconscious”.

When police arrived at the scene, the dog was taken to Watertown Animal Hospital. Doctors tried to revive her but failed.

A doctor told police that the dog’s temperature was in excess of 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Normal body temperature for dogs ranges from 100.5 to 102.5 F.

The couple told the police they took their dog with them because they were afraid she would pee in the house if left home alone. If you’re not intelligent enough to know to buy your dog a crate rather than putting her in an unattended hot car you should not be allowed to own animals. Let’s just hope these people don’t have children.

Animal Control Officer Karen O’Reilly said causing an animal to be subjected to unnecessary cruelty or suffering is a felony in Massachusetts, and is punishable by imprisonment for up to two and a half years and a fine of $2,500.

With any luck, this couple will have the next 912 days behind bars to think about that fateful decision.

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