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Problem Solver: Dogs left in cars

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In extreme  cases a person can be put in jail for animal cruelty but there is no law saying you can't leave your dog in a car. In extreme cases a person can be put in jail for animal cruelty but there is no law saying you can't leave your dog in a car.
July 11th, 2013 -

Chasity Kirby had a problem.  As Kirby was going to  watch a movie in Mt. Pleasant she noticed a dog left in a car.

The temperature outside was nearly 80 degrees, the windows were cracked and a bowl of water was in the car next to the dog.

Thinking the dog was in danger  because of the temperature inside the car, Kirby called the Mt. Pleasant police before going inside to see the movie.  An officer did respond to the scene but when Kirby came back outside, the dog was still sitting inside the car.

That's when Kirby came to the Problem Solver.  She wanted to know if there were any guidelines or laws against leaving dogs in cars.

I spoke to Sgt. Sean Hethington with  the MPPD.  Hethington told me it is up to the discretion of the responding officer whether the animal left in a car is in enough danger to warrant a ticket.  In extreme  cases a person can be put in jail for animal cruelty but there is no law saying you can't leave your dog in a car.  If ticketed, the fine would be over $272.00.

In the case of the dog Chasity Kirby saw in a movie theater parking lot, no ticket was issued because it was at night and the officer determined the dog to be safe.

 

 

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