‘Two minutes’ is too long for a pet in a vehicle on a hot day (letter)
London Community News
I am writing to share with readers my recent weekend experience that still has me reeling.
I pulled into a large hardware store parking lot at 9 a.m. The temperature was a humid 29 C and climbing. The vehicle that I parked beside contained a Jack Russell terrier. The window was cracked about two and a half inches.
I stood and waited seven minutes; no one came. Greatly concerned, I went to the service desk inside, explained the situation and had the owners paged to go to their vehicle and tend to their dog.
A minute or two later, a woman came out and calmly announced she had only been “two seconds,” it was no big deal and “I told my husband we shouldn’t leave her alone.”
I was furious at the level of ignorance and grew more frustrated, so I raised my voice and again told her: “You never leave a dog on a hot day in a vehicle, period.”
Still, she didn’t get it.
At this point, her Neanderthal husband came out, told me to “(expletive) off” and ironically to “grab a brain.”
Shortly thereafter, a police officer pulled up, I explained the situation and she said, “All is fine, the dog’s owners are here now and the window is open in the vehicle.” (The whole time the dog is still in the same situation; dehydrating and body core temperature rising.)
Disappointly, the officer was as unaware or uncaring as the dog’s owners.
I even attempted to call the Humane Society, but they were closed.
Think this is bad? This time last year a young woman left a four-year-old and one-year-old in her car alone in a Wal-Mart parking lot for over 10 minutes. I observed the four-year-old playing with mom’s lighter and then sucking on an unlit cigarette. Again, I waited and confronted this woman only to hear, “I was only two seconds,” and “the windows are rolled down.”
Guess what? A lot can happen in your time-warped version of two seconds, people!
Your dog can die or be left brain damaged. Your children can be too, as well as made easy targets for abduction and rape.
London, wake up. Grab a brain (and learn how to use it) and actually care about others that you claim you love.