Dog dies in car of Richmond SPCA’s CEO
A dog belonging to the chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA died last week after being left alone for about four hours in her owner’s car, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Robin Starr, tragically, didn’t know the dog was even in the car until finding him when she went to lunch. Temperature in Richmond, Va. last Wednesday had reached 91 by noon.
Her husband, Ed Starr said that, as his wife prepared for work, he put the couple’s 16-year-old dog — a deaf and blind mutt named Louie — into her station wagon. The dog often accompanied Robin Starr to work, and Ed Starr said he forgot to tell her Louie was in her car.
“I just forgot . . . and didn’t think about it until I got this frantic phone call from Robin. I knew immediately what I had done,” he said today.
“At 16, he just laid down where you put him and didn’t make a peep,” Robin Starr said. “He never made a peep in the car; he’d just lay there in the back.”
Robin Starr took the dog inside to the SPCA clinic, then to an emergency veterinary clinic in Carytown. The dog died about midnight of kidney failure, the Starrs said.