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Dog dies in car while owner visits museum

A tourist from Michigan was charged with animal cruelty Monday after leaving his two dogs inside a minivan while he visited the the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Rosie, an 8-year-old Chihuahua, died of heat stress after being inside the minivan for more than an hour, said Sabrina Fang, a spokeswoman for the Washington Humane Society.

Pebbles, Rieff

Rosie had been left inside a plastic storage bin. A second dog, a 15-year-old beagle mix named Pebbles, was kept inside a crate made for dogs. She was treated for heat stress at an animal hospital, and was expected to be released today, according to the Washington Post.

Washington Humane Society officials say more tourists seem to be leaving pets inside cars, unaware of how quickly the temperatures can rise.

Police arrested Kenneth Reiff, and his daughter was taken into custody by Child Protective Services, Humane Society officials said.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time August 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I do believe that the Humane Society is being a bit too charitable. It gets hot everywhere in the summer. People need to take the time and trouble, and spend the money, to locate reliable boarding or home care for their pets if they’re planning vacations involving tours. To bring pets along on this sort of trip is way beyond stupid. I’m surprised he had sense enough to look after his child.

Comment from Pamela
Time August 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

What a heartbreaking story. It’s so easy to underestimate how quickly temperatures rise.

Our rule is to always leave a person in the car with the dog. That way we can always get out of the hot car before it’s too hot.