DENVER – An anchor at an NBC affiliate in Denver, Colorado, took to the air in order to issue an formal apology to the dog he found locked inside a sweltering hot car.
Kyle Clark of NBC affiliate KUSA was headed to lunch on June 9 when he came across a dog crying very loudly in the back of a locked Honda CR-V. It was nearing 90-degrees that day and Clark was well aware of the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car.
Clark’s experience that day prompted him to post a video to his Facebook page.
“Do you know how hot it is in 90 degree sun when you’re wearing a suit, or fur, in a car? I’m guessing you don’t or you don’t care,” said Clark in his viral post.
After calling 311 to report the dog, Clark considered breaking a window with a rock in order to free the dog. That’s when the owner came out of a local frozen yogurt shop.
Clark says the owner “basically laughed” in his face and “blew him off” when it was suggested to him that leaving his dog in his car on a hot day was a bad idea.
“So there’s an apology in order,” Clark said. “Not for you, no. For your dog. I’m sorry that your dog does not have better humans.”
The apology video was been viewed over 13 million times and has been shared 22,000 times.
The Denver Animal Shelter warns people against leaving their dogs in a car on a hot day. They say that a car can reach a temperature of 120 degrees in only a few minutes. The organization urges people to call 311 if they spot a dog in a hot car whether they are in distress or not.
Leaving a dog in a hot car in Denver can result in a $999 fine and/or one year in jail.