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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 08/ 9/2010

Six dogs left in hot car in Md., one dies

By Washington Post editors

Salisbury police say a man and a woman left six dogs locked in a hot car for more than three hours. One dog died.

Forty-five-year-old Kirt Barren Greenberg and 36-year-old Shannon Mecall Hussain, both of Berlin, are charged with six counts of inflicting unnecessary suffering and pain and other offenses.

Police were called to a vehicle at the Centre Mall in Salisbury Sunday afternoon. The six dogs, who appeared to be in distress from the heat, were in the car with the windows down only one inch.

Police entered the car and found the temperature to be more than 105 degrees.

Officers say one dog was unresponsive and later died. The other dogs were given water and revived.
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Information from: WBOC-TV, http://www.wboc.com/

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
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This just infuriates me! I don't even know why people HAVE dogs in a car in this hot weather. Just leave them at home, for God's sake!! And to leave them while you're in a MALL? This is so beyond stupid, but I agree that they should be charged with a crime. I have called police on people before and I know the dogs hadn't been in the car 3 hours. I wish people who notice animals in hot cars would call someone immediately!!

Posted by: purplemuse | August 9, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

First of all, six is way too many dogs. Second, would the owners like to sit in a hot car in upper 90s temps with high humidity? Abuse yourself any way you'd like, but keep children and animals out of it.

Posted by: brandip_77 | August 9, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I hate people.

Posted by: DCFanatic | August 9, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Screw that dog, humans are dying.

Posted by: jbworldwide | August 9, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

This is a criminal act and those people should see jail time. The awful thing is that the dogs would be loyal and loving to these creeps. People like this should be forbidden to have any animal pets in the future. They are too selfish and irresponsible.

Posted by: myskylark | August 9, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I wish just once the police would shove these idiots into the car and make them sit there as long as their dogs did.

Morons, total and complete morons.

Posted by: nunovyerbizness1 | August 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

We need to do a little eye-for-an-eye for the scum who abuse their dogs. Put the people in a hot car with the windows down an inch. A 100 degree day would be good.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | August 9, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I like what waterfrontproperty said. Ditto.

Posted by: skinfreak | August 10, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

jbworldwide: how humans treat and manage their animals (living things) is a measure of how we treat ourselves. So when we treat our companion animals with such complete and utter disrespect, why are we surprised that fellow humans are also dying unnecessarily?

Posted by: bikinibottom | August 10, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

There is no excuse. Shoot these two in the street. Just how stupid can people be?

Posted by: jckdoors | August 10, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I agree with jckdoors Shoot these two in the street.

Posted by: charlie-Imac | August 10, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

More evidence that God should have quit at day 5. At least He should have had a long weekend and done man on Monday. He would have done better on that creation thing.

Had He belonged to a union, He would have had the weekend off.

Posted by: James10 | August 10, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I agree with jckdoors Shoot these two in the street.

Posted by: charlie-Imac | August 10, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

The other dogs should be rescued from these people. And the idiots should be made to take a class that includes educating them that dogs are covered in fur and can only sweat through the use of their tongues.

Posted by: HornetCoach | August 10, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse


These two should be locked in a car for 3 hours TODAY! @(100 degrees)...


Posted by: demtse | August 10, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I agree with bikinibottom re: the statement above hers. I hope they take the dogs from them and somehow keep them from having animals as companions.

Posted by: bbirdy202 | August 10, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. —Mahatma Gandhi

If we want to change this kind of behavior we have to begin by teaching our young about respect for other creatures AND we need to demand prosecution and punishment when it occurs.

Native Americans gave thanks to the animal and God for the animal's life that was given to feed and clothe them. Today, the exact same thing is a sport. When killing becomes a sport it's a bit hard to take the moral high ground for other forms of animal cruelty.

In PA it's legal for a pet owner to kill their dog or cat if it is done humanely. You could get up in the morning, draw your weapon and simply shoot your dog instead of taking them out in the morning to do their business.

When we have those kinds of laws, it is difficult to create a culture where animals (including food animals) are given the respect that God intended.

Posted by: dmt3 | August 10, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Throw these two a-holes into the middle of a PETA convention and let them admisister the punishment they deserve. Skin the SOB's alive!

Posted by: dem4life1 | August 10, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Was one of them a famous quarterback wearing an eagles jersey?

Posted by: DontGetIt | August 10, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Throw these two a-holes into the middle of a PETA convention and let them admisister the punishment they deserve. Skin the SOB's alive!

Posted by: dem4life1 | August 10, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Those who don't care about this are the most simple of people. Animals put their trust in us to do the right thing. If you don't understand that you are a simpleton.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 10, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

And don't tell me they used the excuse "we didn't know they were there." There's no way in heck you can fail to notice SIX dogs in your car. Poor puppies. I also hope they were taken away from these idiots.

Posted by: akchild | August 10, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow 2 all these MoFos ready to execute the guy and wish humans were never alive...

Talkin bout taking it to the extreme....

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 10, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I say confiscate their dogs, put them up for adoption, and then lock these two morons in a closed car for a couple of hours and see how THEY make out. Human stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | August 10, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

On Sunday I was at Sandy Point State Park and 2 cars down somebody had left their chihuahua in a minivan with only the front windows cracked about an inch. Luckily I don't think they'd been there long. I wrote the license plate down, and luckily the park police were right there. He rolled his eyes when I told him about it - yep another moron! They came right away to help the poor dog.

Some people don't deserve to have pets, much less children.

Posted by: mosere | August 10, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Wow, some of you need some serious anger counselling.

Posted by: Wallenstein | August 10, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Well, people do this to children so it should be hardly a surprise that this happens to other defenseless creatures. The Post's Gene Weingarten got his second Pulitzer for an article about the parents who do this to children. The difference is that the parents are usually forgetful though with fatal consequences. People who do this to animals don't have obliviousness for an excuse. Unlike a baby in a car seat, animals are conspicuous. These adults need to go to jail and never be allowed to have animals again.

Posted by: pirate1 | August 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Thank god someone called the police. I applaud the person who called authorities. I would have smashed open the windows if I could have.

Posted by: lakeijoy | August 10, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me why people think their pets will be okay in a car in 90 degree heat with the windows up? I just can't figure that out and would like to know this stupid couple's thought process.

I wonder if they wanted to kill the dogs and chose this method. Or, perhaps they simply said "oh, they'll be alright for awhile. It won't kill them."

I think that today they should sit in a car for a couple of hours with the windows up for a lesson in how a dog feels in these conditions.

Posted by: shejoy | August 10, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Poor dogs. These two genetic mistakes live in Salisbury. Big surprise. Who doesn't know by now that you can't leave animals in hot cars? Seriously? Oh, yes. Genetic mistakes who live in Salisbury. It's probably too late now to sterilize them to keep them from breeding... Let's see.... ages 45 and 36... They're probably both grandparents by now.

Posted by: sickofit66 | August 10, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Poor dogs. These two genetic mistakes live in Salisbury. Big surprise. Who doesn't know by now that you can't leave animals in hot cars? Seriously? Oh, yes. Genetic mistakes who live in Salisbury. It's probably too late now to sterilize them to keep them from breeding... Let's see.... ages 45 and 36... They're probably both grandparents by now.

Posted by: sickofit66 | August 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Poor dogs. These two genetic mistakes live in Salisbury. Big surprise. Who doesn't know by now that you can't leave animals in hot cars? Seriously? Oh, yes. Genetic mistakes who live in Salisbury. It's probably too late now to sterilize them to keep them from breeding... Let's see.... ages 45 and 36... They're probably both grandparents by now.

Posted by: sickofit66 | August 10, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for repeat. It timed out three times but apparently took three times

Posted by: sickofit66 | August 10, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

sickofit66--
They live in Berlin. It says so in the article.

Stupid people live everywhere.

Posted by: highschoolteacher | August 10, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I think that people like Greenburg and Hussain should be entered in the revived World Sauna Championships, where people compete to see who can remain alive the longest in a 230 degree sauna.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 10, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

waterfrontproperty wrote:

"We need to do a little eye-for-an-eye for the scum...."

How much damage have you done to wildlife by owning "waterfrontproperty?"

I bet your environmental footprint is bigger than the death of one dog....

Posted by: waxtraxs | August 10, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

It is obvious they did not forget these dogs. They left windows cracked, so they knew the dogs were in there. No way should they get their other dogs back and if they have any other pets, they should be taken from them.

Note to Jbworldwide- it is possible to care about both people and animals. Maybe you should check into it. I really don't understand the insinuate that people who care about animals don't care about people.

Posted by: WickedRose | August 10, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious they did not forget these dogs. They left windows cracked, so they knew the dogs were in there. No way should they get their other dogs back and if they have any other pets, they should be taken from them.

Note to Jbworldwide- it is possible to care about both people and animals. Maybe you should check into it. I really don't understand the insinuation that people who care about animals don't care about people.

Posted by: WickedRose | August 10, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

It’s going to get to about 99 today. Lock these two losers in a car for 6 hours.

Posted by: askgees | August 10, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It’s going to get to about 99 today. Lock these two losers in a car for 6 hours.

Posted by: askgees | August 10, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

@DCFanatic - I am with you!

Posted by: hihi222 | August 10, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

All day, people call 911 to report kids and pets in cars left out in the sun. In Fairfax County the fire dept goes out on all these calls to open the car door, and either Police or Animal Control to investigate depending on whether its a kid or dog. When its really hot, they add a medic unit for possible heat exhaustion for the children. during this past month, I bet the fire dept in FFX went out 5-10x a day.
Interesting that this one story made the news, when everyday there is so much stupidity happening.

Posted by: wpost456 | August 10, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, some of you need some serious anger counselling.

Posted by: Wallenstein | August 10, 2010 9:48 AM

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Anger counseling isn't as quick, cheap and effective as locking the perps in a closed car in the sun for 3 hours on a 100-degree day.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 10, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that no one called the police sooner, or took it upon themselves to bust open a window AND call the cops.

Poor dogs. That's a particularly ugly way to die. Given how hot it is today, and will be tomorrow, etc., let's hope that no more animals or people suffer the same fate.

They're being charged with something for this, right? They can feel bad AND have charges pressed.

Posted by: Skowronek | August 10, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse


Very sad and so very stupid.

Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. And make the laws tougher.

Posted by: Gidgmom | August 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

YOU ARE ALLOWED To BREAK WINDOWS WHEN ANIMALS ARE LEFT IN HOT CARS. IT'S THE LAW.

PEOPLE SUCK. throw these people into a boiling pot of water.

Posted by: FiatBooks | August 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The police should have shot both idiots and reported it as a murder-suicide.

At any rate, they don't deserve to live. Kill them.

Posted by: veerle1 | August 10, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"Wow 2 all these MoFos ready to execute the guy and wish humans were never alive...

Talkin bout taking it to the extreme..."


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THERE ARE TOO MANY FRICKIN' PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND MOST OF THEM HAVE IQ'S LESS THAN 100. HUMANS ARE NOTHING BUT A GODDAMN PEST SPECIES GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL. LET THESE RETARDS DIE!

Posted by: veerle1 | August 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

These cretins belong in jail.

Posted by: solsticebelle | August 10, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

WOW -- same guy!!

www.mdcoastdispatch.com/article.php?cid=18&id=9214

BERLIN – A Berlin man was arrested on possession and distribution of child pornography charges last week after a months-long investigation by the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) and an FBI investigation dating back to last September.

In January, WCBI detectives began investigating Kirt Barren Greenberg, 45, of Berlin for an alleged violation of the Peeping Tom law. During the investigation, it was learned a female juvenile had been residing at Greenberg’s residence in Berlin on a temporary basis. Based on conversations the victim had with Greenberg during her time at his residence, she believed the suspect had videotaped her without her consent wearing little or no clothing.

Based on interviews with the victim, WCBI detectives in late February executed a search and seizure warrant on Greenberg’s Berlin home, recovering several computer hard drives that have since been turned over to the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes unit for analysis.

Through the WCBI investigation, it was learned that last September, the FBI began a parallel investigation into Greenberg’s possible possession and distribution of child pornography. The FBI began investigating Greenberg when a special agent had logged into a public website in an undercover capacity and was allegedly invited by Greenberg to join his chat room.

Once inside the chat room, the FBI special agent was able to download over 500 images of child pornography. Through its subsequent investigation, the FBI was able to track the source of the child pornography to an Internet Protocol address allegedly belonging to Greenberg. Based on images forwarded from the FBI on the agency’s own investigation into Greenberg’s alleged actions, an arrest warrant was obtained in Worcester County charging the suspect with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography by computer.

Armed with the warrant, WCBI detectives went to Greenberg’s Berlin residence last Friday and arrested the suspect without incident. All in all, Greenberg has been charged with 30 total counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Greenberg was taken before a District Court Commissioner after his arrest last Friday and was ordered held on a $25,000 bond. He was released last Saturday after posting the bond. A review of the Maryland Judiciary website reveals Greenberg has an extensive criminal history. He was charged with assault in April and is awaiting an August court date for the incident.

Posted by: xynthia | August 10, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Figures. A pervert and dog killer.

Posted by: veerle1 | August 10, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

this pos will get his in the slammer.

Posted by: bhoang888 | August 10, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Everything evil and nasty that everyone before me said and doubled!
They've just inflicted torture on the pets that trusted them completely, and will still love them unconditionally when they see them again.
You have to be a special kind of Sadist to be like this,..............

Posted by: realneil | August 10, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

So sad.
Laura Quebbemann

Posted by: LauraQuebbemann | August 11, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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