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Posted at 7:57 AM ET, 07/ 9/2010

Police: Dog dies in hot car in Md.

By Mike McPhate

Authorities say a Labrador retriever has died after being left in a car during the heat wave.

Frederick County Animal Control says the dog was left in a car in 104-degree heat at Costco on Tuesday.

Sgt. David Luckenbaugh said his office received a call about the dog at 12:30 p.m. He says when investigators arrived, the owner of the car was gone.

Luckenbaugh says it's against state law to leave an animal unattended in a car in a manner that endangers its health and safety.

Authorities are still investigating.

Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post

-- Associated Press

By Mike McPhate  | July 9, 2010; 7:57 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Lock the owner in a hot car until they expire.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 9, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

@jckdoors - agreed!! And likely nothing will be done because "it's just a dog." sickening. How could someone be so stupid, cruel, and irresponsible?

Posted by: Stats | July 9, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Sickening, absolutely sickening. Poor animal. I hope this Costco shopper doesn't have any kids!

Posted by: smallgovtgirl | July 9, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Stats and jckdoors -- leave the inhuman SOB in a hot car until he or she expires. I can't believe this kind of cruelty. I think if I saw a dog in a car like that, I'd break a window to let it out and accept the consequences.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | July 9, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Do what I do. Call the police EVERY SINGLE time you see a dog locked in a car.

Posted by: netsurf12 | July 9, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it possible, just possible, that the owner forgot about the dog? Parents have done that to their kids with similar results. Give the owner a break until you know the facts!

TIP: leave something near the dog or child that you would remember to take with you. Pocketbook, cellphone, briefcase.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | July 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Sure, it's possible the owner just forgot his/her dog. But it's not probable at all. Labrador retrievers on average are 60-80 pounds. That's like forgetting a 9 year old.

This article is very confusing. How do they know the dog died if the owner had left by the time the police arrived? Had he/she left the car? Did he/she dump the dog out and then leave?

There is a special place in hell for people that do this kind of thing.

Posted by: akhix2001 | July 9, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The judges in Frederick County aren't too lenient with animal abuse cases. The POS may spend some jail time.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 9, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@jckdoors - You beat me to it. That's exactly what should happen.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | July 9, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

heeeere we go

Posted by: bkj216 | July 9, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I have an acquaintance who unwittingly killed his old dog about two months ago doing this. It did not make the news. Should I report him to state authorities?

Posted by: Wallenstein | July 9, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Bethesdaguy. Bust that window and get the dog out. Most of us have something in our cars that could be used to break a window if necessary.

Posted by: WickedRose | July 9, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I am so surprised by people who just don't use common sense.

Posted by: salemoaktree | July 9, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

it is entirely justified to break the window whenever you see a dog or kid in a car.

Posted by: civilrightist | July 9, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

This is a sad story. Animals depend on humans to take care of them. I remember last year in the heat of summer at costco the police broke into a car where there was a dog. They gave her water and waited for the owner. Unfortunately I left before the owner came out. I hope they charged the owner.

Any responsible owner who cares for their dogs would not leave their dog in such conditions.

Posted by: mjpileggi | July 9, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Unless the dog was a service animal, there is really no need to bring it to Costco. Even if it was a service animal, it should not have been locked in a hot car.

Did anyone get the license plate number off the car? Someone needs to be held accountable for this.

Posted by: GP04 | July 9, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

That is horrible. I don't understand why people don't get it. NEVER EVER leave an animal OR a baby in a car, especially when it's hot. The inside of a car is much hotter then outside. I hope they find the owners and arrest them.

Posted by: lorinicknack | July 9, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

GPO4 -- You've nailed it. PEOPLE: don't bring your dog on your errands!!! Yes many dogs love to rides in cars and yes, they make excellent travel companions. But the inside of a car is inhospitable on most days above 70 degrees and cracking the window does not provide very much relief at all. If you love your dog, leave her at home!

Posted by: conchfc | July 9, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Put the owner in a hot car until he or she dies.

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 9, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

What a f'ing idiot!!! I have three dogs (all rescues) and almost cried when I saw this article.

Didn't anyone in the Costco parking lot see the dog in the car??? If they did, why didn't they smash the car window open and save the dog? I would have!!! Yea, go ahead and sue me f'ker!

I hope they don't publish the name of the moron who did this for his/her own sake.

I believe people can that GD stupid.

Yea, it's a 100 freaking degrees outside and I need to go shopping so, I'll like lock my dog in the car with the windows rolled up. No big deal.

What a stupid G-d f'ing m0r0n!!!

Posted by: montana123 | July 9, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Put the owner in a hot car until he or she dies.

Posted by: FiatBooks

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Okay . . . to ensure public safety, I must insist that you keep away from knives, matches, alcohol . . . . you know what, just stay the hell away from everyone!

Posted by: TheChampishere | July 9, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

TheChampishere (not), you're a piece of work. I hope you don't have pets or children. You must be an acquaintenace of the dog owner. Let me guess ... she's an otherwise wonderful, caring person ... right?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 9, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I would have broken a window to unlock the car door, get the animal out, break all the other windows out, then take the poor defenseless animal to an animal shelter.I parked my car in the sun on Monday and went to move it into the shade. Unbearable, within seconds I was covered with sweat. How could anybody.......

Posted by: DIMMY | July 9, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Let the clown who killed that poor dog sit in a hot car for an hour and see how they like it.

Posted by: ceefer66 | July 9, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope the scumbag owner got a good deal on the big bag of dog food he went to Costco for.

What a POS.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 9, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I understand not wanting to bring the dog inside the store with you(unlike some ignorant dog lovers), but for God's sake, why didn't the owner just roll all the windows down completely?

Posted by: Soguns1 | July 9, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I hardily agree with all the comments about this guy being a POS. However, before you take it upon yourself to break anyone's windows, make sure that you know all the facts of the situation.

Several years ago I was living in Texas and stopped off at a dry cleaners on a hot August afternoon. I left my two dogs in the king cab of my pick-up and went inside, being able to watch the truck through the store window. Some do-gooder came rushing in a minute later and shouted, "who owns the silver Nissan pick up? There are two dogs inside that are going to die of the heat!" I turned and calmly said, "that is my truck and the air conditioning is on. That is why the engine is running." Imagine how stupid he would have felt if he had decided to break the windows in my truck instead of coming into the store.

Posted by: hisroc | July 9, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"Imagine how stupid he would have felt if he had decided to break the windows in my truck instead of coming into the store."

As a thinking person who maybe has an IQ above room temperature (I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt) you should have asked yourself is this REALLY a good idea to have two dogs inside an UNATTENDED idling car? O.K. so you had the air conditioner on. Good for you.

But really!

An unattended car, with the engine running???

I learned as TEENAGER in drivers ed class to NEVER leave a car unattended with the engine running no matter how far away you are.

I think you should have your drivers license revoked until you attend remedial drivers ed.

People like you are ignorant and dangerous!

Posted by: montana123 | July 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I have to FULLY agree that this owner was a POS unlike some.... The person who rushed in to call hisroc out for leaving dogs in the car obviously was a moron because they could have heard your nissan running. But this does not appear to be the situation in this case. So the person who who killed there lab is evidently a POS and as montana123 says is a "G-d f'ing m0r0n". I would have broken the windows!!!!!

Posted by: DCer10 | July 9, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Leaving the AC on with the car running and the animals locked inside the car is NOT a solution -- if the engine stalls, the AC dies and so do the animals. I hear that in some states it is against the law to leave a pet in a parked car -- period.

Posted by: bronxace | July 9, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The ASPCA Web site (www.aspca.org) has good info on the animal cruelty laws in each state, and encourages advocacy to strengthen existing laws.
In Maryland, the anti-cruelty law defines cruelty as the "unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering caused or allowed by an act, omission, or neglect, and includes torture and torment."

It is also a crime to "inflict unnecessary suffering or pain on the animal; or unnecessarily fail to provide the animal with proper drink, air, space, shelter, or protection from the weather.

Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, and generates a 90 day sentence /$1,000 fine.

To me, the fine should be $5,000, the individual should be prohibited from ever owning animals; and there should be an offender registry open to the public.

I'm glad this news report has generated so much outrage. Just don't forget to do something constructive about it and fight for tougher animal cruelty laws and enforcement and support organizations that are doing this kind of work!

Rest in peace, poor dog.

I hope they find the "owner" and we hear about that too.

Posted by: lizzard2 | July 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Ha-ha! this story got more postings than reports of HUMANS dying. SMH you people disgust me!

Posted by: jbworldwide | July 9, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree. The penalties are not nearly harsh enough. I hope they do release the persons name. I agree there should be a public registry so that everyone knows what kind of scum there is around them. My animals are my children, they shoud be seen as such. Therefore, if there is a sex offender registry, I want a registry for people who are cruel to animals. So that I know who is a POS!!!!

Posted by: DCer10 | July 9, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but this is really a poorly written and poorly reported story by the Post. Are they laying off too many editors?

How did the driver "disappear"? Did he leave the car behind with the dog inside? Did he leave with what people presumed was a dead dog inside? Had people just looked into the car and assumed the dog was dead? Did he come outside and just run away leaving his dead dog and the car behind? Was there no way to determine the owner of the car?

Although certainly not on hot days I've left my dogs sleeping in my truck if I run into a store for 5 minutes. How were people sure the dog is dead if the guy left? Did the guy leave?

Why is this story so poorly written? So they could throw a big sad sensational headline up there without bothering to double check the facts or make the story read correctly?

Posted by: dcmidnight | July 9, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but this is really a poorly written and poorly reported story by the Post. Are they laying off too many editors?

How did the driver "disappear"? Did he leave the car behind with the dog inside? Did he leave with what people presumed was a dead dog inside? Had people just looked into the car and assumed the dog was dead? Did he come outside and just run away leaving his dead dog and the car behind? Was there no way to determine the owner of the car?

Although certainly not on hot days I've left my dogs sleeping in my truck if I run into a store for 5 minutes. How were people sure the dog is dead if the guy left? Did the guy leave?

Why is this story so poorly written? So they could throw a big sad sensational headline up there without bothering to double check the facts or make the story read correctly?

Posted by: dcmidnight | July 9, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"that is my truck and the air conditioning is on. That is why the engine is running."

Nice - so you broke TWO laws (both of which exist due only to certain people's incurable stupidity) and are smug enough to ridicule the individual who called you on it. I can see where his emotion was out of place, but your self-satisfaction is genuinely appalling.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 9, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

In the rural area where I live people leave their engines running when they go into convenience stores, etc. Summer or winter, it would not make any sense to have a law against it.

Posted by: eric654 | July 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Um, why is this in the paper??? This is THE WASHINGTON POST, for goodness sake, not the Backwoods Times.

Posted by: anonymous72 | July 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Um, why is this in the paper??? This is THE WASHINGTON POST, for goodness sake, not the Backwoods Times.

Posted by: anonymous72 | July 9, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the County shall issue substantial criminal charges for negligence against the dog owner! May the dog rest in peace!

Posted by: mtroillard | July 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"that is my truck and the air conditioning is on. That is why the engine is running."
Nice - so you broke TWO laws (both of which exist due only to certain people's incurable stupidity) and are smug enough to ridicule the individual who called you on it. I can see where his emotion was out of place, but your self-satisfaction is genuinely appalling.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 9, 2010 2:35 PM

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Godfather of Goals (and montana123),

I was providing an anecdotal example of why it might not be prudent to leap into action without all the facts. Since you seem incapable of comprehending the possible consequences of doing so, not to mention your blissful ignorance of Texas law, let me break it down for you into bite-sized pieces.

There is no law in Texas against leaving animals in an unattended vehicle, although I will grant you that there should be a provision against doing so in a matter that endangers them or causes discomfort.

There is no law in Texas against carrying a concealed handgun and using it against anyone who threatens you or your property with violence.

There is a law in Texas against breaking someone's vehicle windows, regardless of your intentions.

Can you connect those dots, fellas?

Now then, I am not suggesting that I would shoot someone for attempting to rescue animals that they believed were in danger. However, I am not a native Texan.

Posted by: hisroc | July 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post didn't write this, it's been picked up by the yoakles in Frederick MD at The Frederick News Post.com (you have to do a search to even find the article on that site).

Rest assured that the local Good'ol Boy cops here don't care, why else would they refer an investigation to "next week" when you have a dead dog on your hands (Evidence) and a hot car (Evidence) and assuming there is a license plate on the car (Indicating owner=Evidence).

Start a petition on Care2.com, otherwise nothing will come of this and you'll hear of (and more that you won't hear about) during the heat.

Animal rights laws are insufficient, STAND UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Complaining is NOT ACTION.

Posted by: Strongheart | July 9, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

BTW, montana123. You would probably be taken more seriously in your comments if you restrained yourself from making juvenile ad hominem attacks on others.

Posted by: hisroc | July 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

HA! I believe its not prudent to think that leaving a dog in a car that is running...is a good idea. Bet Texans have alot of runaway cars, given that the dogs can easily knock the car out of gear. Hmmm....But there is a law against breaking a window...no matter the circumstances. I think Texas may be a *bass ackwards* state

Posted by: DCer10 | July 9, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

jbworldwide ...I noticed the same thing.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | July 9, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Here is some information from http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_HotCars.php

Laws:

It is against the law in most jurisdictions to leave a pet unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal.

Here is an excerpt from the Cruelty to Animals section of the Maryland Legal Code:

(a) A person may not leave a cat or dog unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the cat or dog.

(b) A person may use reasonable force to remove from a motor vehicle a cat or dog left in the vehicle in violation of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if the person is:

(1) a law enforcement officer;

(2) a public safety employee of the State or of a local governing body;

(3) an animal control officer under the jurisdiction of the State or a local governing body;

(4) an officer of a society or association, incorporated under the laws of this State for the prevention of cruelty to animals, authorized to make arrests under the provisions of Art. 27, � 63 of the code; or

(5) a volunteer or professional of a fire and rescue service.

(c) A person described in subsection (b) of this section may not be held liable for any damages directly resulting from actions taken under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Transportation Article 21-1004.

Posted by: Strongheart | July 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I hate people.

Posted by: DCFanatic | July 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that natural selection does not weed out ALL of the morons. The dog owner deserves a stiff fine and some time. People need to let their legislators know via a letter, e-mail, phone call...that leaving a sentient being, whether it is a human or an animal, in a locked car during dangerous weather conditions, is a punishable crime. In this day and age, it is baffling that the legal system is so antiquated. The squeaky wheel gets the oil so just wishing the dog owner a lousy life or whatever does not mean a thing. Actions via correspondence to your legislators are first steps to getting the laws changed. Otherwise, all of our anger means zero. Get the license plates, break the windows, do what you have to do to rescue the trapped animal or child. Morons need to be punished.

Posted by: jharlin00 | July 9, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

From What I have heard from a reliable source. The Lady left the Dog in the Van with windows slightly cracked, while she shopped in Costco for over an hour. So I believe she new the dog was in car and she should get the stiffest penalty available.

Posted by: localcitizen | July 11, 2010 4:43 AM | Report abuse

Every year, dogs die after being intentionally locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands.

When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can rocket to 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before suffering organ failure, brain and nerve damage — or even death.

The My Dog is Cool Campaign operated by United Animal Nations lets people know that leaving a dog in a car for even “just a few minutes” may be too long.

To order or download educational fliers and posters, or to enter your zip code and find out if it is too hot to bring your dog in the car, visit:

www.MyDogIsCool.com

Posted by: UAN1987 | July 12, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Every year, dogs die after being intentionally locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands.

When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can rocket to 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before suffering organ failure, brain and nerve damage — or even death.

The My Dog is Cool Campaign operated by United Animal Nations lets people know that leaving a dog in a car for even “just a few minutes” may be too long.

To order or download educational fliers and posters, or to enter your zip code and find out if it is too hot to bring your dog in the car, visit:

www.MyDogIsCool.com

Posted by: UAN1987 | July 12, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

localcitizen-The reality is that this woman not only knew her dog was in the dog but was in Costco buying dog food!

Posted by: strongheart1 | July 13, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

localcitizen - I forgot to mention that she went back into Costco to return the dog food and told the manager that she was returning it because her dog was now dead in the car! She then went to deposit the dogs body at animal control. Sick (or plain stupid) person should not be allowed to own or handle any animal ever again!

Posted by: strongheart1 | July 13, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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