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Posted at 5:29 PM ET, 09/27/2010

Man sentenced for leaving dogs in hot car

By Washington Post editors

A tourist from Michigan has been sentenced to one year of probation and 40 hours of community service for leaving his dogs in a hot vehicle while he and his daughter visited a Washington museum, WTOP reports.

Kenneth Reiff pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for leaving his 8-year-old Chihuahua Rosie and 15-year-old Beagle Pebbles in the vehicle while he went into the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Chihuahua died.

By Washington Post editors  | September 27, 2010; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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What a disgrace. I am SO TIRED of criminals getting probation. Probation means absolutely nothing. It's legal jargon for "you are getting away with it." This is wanton animal cruelty. There should be jail time.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | September 28, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

They are just dogs, isn't this a little extreme.

Posted by: InsertNameHere | September 28, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

He should have just had the cops shoot the poor thing from the git-go. Then, there wouldn't have been any consequences and the animal wouldn't have suffered for hours.

Posted by: nadie1 | September 28, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It is still negligent and irresponsible to leave dogs inside a hot car. The Holocaust Museum is not a quick visit either.

Posted by: GAU8A | September 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Insertlamehere: What is wrong with you? Do you think it makes you a tough guy to have a thoughtless, callous attitude? How about some humanity?

Posted by: jckdoors | September 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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