PHOENIX — A heated argument erupted downtown over two dogs that were left in a locked car while the temperatures outside soared.
A passer-by noticed the two dogs inside the tinted-windowed car around 2:45 p.m last Monday. Although the windows were cracked and there was a bowl of water inside the car, the woman felt that the dogs were in danger. She called the police and 12 News.
As the news crew arrived, the woman explained that she had been trying to call the owner for an hour using the phone number that was on the dog tags. She left many messages. She couldn’t wait any longer for the owner to answer or return her calls so she reached into the car and unlocked the doors herself in order to free them.
The owner finally arrived and argued with the woman that he had been nearby the entire time and tried to make a large point that he had left them a bowl of water.
Police did arrive but since the dogs did not seem in immediate danger they told the small crowd that they were going to circle around and come back.
This is another incident in a long string of stories about people leaving their dogs in their cars in hot weather. Some cities, such as Boise, are even reporting that they are seeing a rise in complains about dogs being left in cars on warm days.
Remember, the temperature in your car can rise much higher than the temperature outside. Even on a mild day the temperature inside your car can rise to 130 degrees.
Please don’t leave your dogs inside your car. Keep them safe and cool at home.