Police cite dog owner who left animal in vehicle for over an hour

Source: ASPCA

Wausau Driver and Review

The Rhineland Police Department reminds pet owners that they will be fined if they endanger their pets by leaving them unattended in a hot vehicle.

The department posted a photo on Facebook of a visibly distressed animal it says was left in a vehicle for more than an hour – along with a copy of the $326.50 citation the owner has received.

“Let’s keep it simple for those who find it hard to understand,” the post read. “Even when it’s over 80 degrees, people still do that.”

“It doesn’t matter if your windows are cracked, if your dog has anxiety at home, or any of the excuses we hear. You are putting your dog in danger. If it is absolutely necessary to bring your dog, let the car running with the air conditioning on and hurry.

According to the ASPCA, symptoms of overheating in pets can include:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate and breathing
  • Drool
  • slight weakness
  • Stupor
  • Collapse

Symptoms may also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting, and a high body temperature of over 104 degrees.