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Dog dies in parked car in Frederick

A Labrador retriever died after being left in a car parked outside a Costco in Frederick, Maryland.

A Maltese died after being left in a parked van while his owner went for a swim in a New York park.

A rash of similar cases have been reported across the heat-waved northeast, leading animal advocates to reiterate what they have long said — but apparently not everybody has heard: Dogs should never be left in parked cars, especially not in summer

In the Maryland case, Frederick County Animal Control says the dog was left in a car on Tuesday, as temperatures climbed to 104 degrees, the Washington Post reported. Authorities were notified about the dog, but by the time investigators arrived the dog was dead and the owner of the car was gone. Authorities are still investigating.

Earlier this week, a Bronx man left his Maltese inside his van at FDR State Park in Westchester, while he went for an hour-long swim, the New York Daily News reported.

Someone saw the dog and called park police, but by the time it was moved to the shade, the dog died. The owner of the dog was charged with animal cruelty.


Comment from Sam
Time July 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

I’m glad they charged the owner. We had a case here where a police dog was left in the car. It really divided the Valley! They wanted to charge the police man, but others said no.


Comment from Clint Cora
Time July 9, 2010 at 11:02 am

These owners are so negligent. They should never be allowed to have dogs before taking a course on dog ownership.

Comment from Amy
Time July 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I absolutely hate hearing these stories.
I would also be facing charges, as I would break the window. I wouldn’t even think twice. There is no way I could sit & watch a dog suffer, waiting for an owner or the authorities.

Comment from Heather
Time July 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

You know we just had to put our 11 year old American Bulldog to sleep last weekend cause his hips went out and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Stories like this really make me very angry. How can you be so stupid.

Comment from Kathy
Time July 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I think they should hand-cuff the owners and lock them in their cars for the same amount of time they forced their poor dogs to suffer. See how they like it!

Comment from Deeanna
Time July 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm

These stories just kill me, and every summer it’s the same thing…