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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.


Comment from deb
Time August 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

How can you not know your dog is in the car? Even if you didn’t put him there and he doesn’t make a peep? How clueless can you be?????

Comment from les
Time August 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Exactly. Starr and her family, of all people, should be setting a good example for other pet owners. Their actions are unforgivable. Poor Louie. This mistake just wiped out her decades-long reputation as animal lover/activist. Get a clue, step down as ceo.

Comment from Pat Davis
Time August 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I for one do not intend to support the ASPCA anymore if they intend to support her. It’s very nice of her husband to try to take the blame but do they really think the public is that stupid?

Comment from rbattle1
Time September 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Ok I’m trying to understand this… You people put Mike Vick in jail about a cruelty to dogs.. and ruin his live but this go’s un punished???

Comment from Dawn Taylor
Time September 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

An arrest should have been made there is no excuses that should be accepted. This leaves the door open for anyone that leaves an animal in a hot car.

If it were a child an arrest would have been made.