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NIT reader tells of puppy locked in hot car


This news story was published on June 24, 2014.
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NIT – An NIT reader told of a puppy left in a potentially dangerous situation over the weekend.

According to this Mason City resident, at about 6:30 PM Saturday, June 21, a concerned citizen called Mason City police about a yellow lab puppy in a small red car, inside a kennel, parked at the Mason City library.  The car owners – two younger males – were inside Music Man Square attending a wedding.

A police officer was dispatched to check the welfare of the puppy, and arrived at 6:37 PM. The officer spoke with the vehicle’s owner about the complaint. They claimed to have been periodically checking on the animal. The officer then left.

At 7:20 PM, two young males could be seen in the parking lot putting a young yellow lab puppy into a kennel in the back of little red Pontiac from Jones County.

At 7:22 PM, they headed back to Music Man Square. At this time, with a temperature reading of 84 degrees and sun, a second person made a call to Mason City Police.  The person was told that an officer had already talked to the dog owner, and no police came back.

At 8:07 PM, two males and a female came to look at the puppy.  The puppy was taken out of the car and replaced back into the kennel within three minutes, by 8:10 PM. They three went back inside to the wedding festivities.

The citizen said she had checked on the puppy – which she said was panting – until the sun and temperature started to drop. The puppy was still in the kennel at 9:00 PM.

The city of Mason City’s web site advises “Don’t leave your pet in a parked car”. On the page designated for the Animal Control Department, it states “Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes—even with the car windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures.”

Still in kennel at nine o'clock

Still in kennel at nine o’clock

At 802 pm  after 40 min. in hot car

At 8:02 pm after 40 min. in hot car

Going back to Music Man Square 722 pm

Going back to Music Man Square 7:22 pm

More panting.  Puppy is hot, witness said.  Owners are inside Music Man Square partying.

More panting. Puppy is hot, witness said. Owners are inside Music Man Square partying.

Two males and one female come to let the puppy out for three minutes during the wedding party

Two males and one female come to let the puppy out for three minutes during the wedding party

Two males putting Lab  puppy in kennel at 720 pm

Two males putting Lab puppy in kennel at 720 pm

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6 Responses to NIT reader tells of puppy locked in hot car

  1. Philosophus Reply Report comment

    June 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Humans treat animals in a deplorable way. The animal world is very difficult to become born into…mercy and compassion are needed. Humans are smug and vain, they see their lives as the only ones that matter. If I were in political control, animal abusers would be dealt with severely, and that includes wildlife. Read up on Buddhism, it is the only salvation for this very sick culture.

    • Do unto others Reply Report comment

      June 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Your very right. Its rare to come by people who treat any animal as an equal or with the respect they deserve. Most people think animals are disposable reason 1 why shelters are over crowded with displaced and neglected animals. Harsher punishments are needed for animal neglect. Standards definitely need to be raised. Its heartless to let animals sit and suffer for such petty reasons such as a party.

  2. Sammy Reply Report comment

    June 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Roasting in a hot car while your owner is at a party. How grand. My question is, why did they bring the dog in the first place?There was no one to watch it for them? Why get a pet if you can’t even take care of it?

    • Terrible Reply Report comment

      June 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      I bet if you asked they would have said we don’t have anyone to watch it its a puppy. And our response…THATS WHY YOU HAVE A KENNEL! My dog hangs out in a kennel while I’m away. Difference being its inside an air conditioned home with an overstuffed pillow. Given their looks they look young. Most young people don’t understand the REAL responsibilities it takes to raise pets or children. They probably only checked on the dog periodically because of the cops one time presence. AWFUL!

  3. Shame Reply Report comment

    June 24, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Its too bad that the welfare of Animals in this town seem to get ignored on a daily bases. Allowing the owners to continue this that night was Heartless! I bet if these good Samaritans were to of broke that window it would of taken the cops 10 sec to get there.
    Shameful

  4. Terrible Reply Report comment

    June 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

    People need to use common sense. If you wouldn’t do something then your pet shouldn’t either. I doubt those boys would sit in a car for hours in similar conditions to that dog. The cops really REALLY should have done more. But often times they are either 1 limited to how much action they can take or 2 just don’t see the situation as that bad. At least the idiots have been exposed and hopefully will think twice about doing this next time.