Police rescue dog: woman leaves pet in car during movie

FIVE movies were interrupted at Odeon 5 Cinemaon Wednesday morning whilepolice and staff searched for a woman who left her dog in the car while shewatched a film.
Nanjing Night Net

Police attended the car park at 10.30am andCanobolas Local Area Command Inspector Dave Harvey said the Maltese terrier was released after 15 minutes with the help of the NRMA.

Witnesses said the dog was in the car for up to an hour and a half.

“Police did note the windows were slightly down but there was no water provided to the dog and the dog was panting and appeared in distress,” Inspector Harveysaid.

“Wewould strongly suggest that people be aware that this could causeserious injury or death to the dog if these types of incidents recur –people have done the right thing by calling police on this occasion.”

One of Odeon’s staff members, Alex Faulkner, said he helped police interrupt each of the cinema’s five 10am sessions on two separate occasions to track down the owner, but the efforts were unsuccessful.

The 57-year-old was later cautioned by police.

“It’s not the first time it’s happened–it’s the first time this year,” Mr Faulknersaid.

“It was lucky people said there was a dog in the car,we responded quicklyand the dog’s fine, so that’s all that matters.”

Orange City Council’sranger was on hand to take the dog to the RSPCA.

Council companion animals committee chairman and councillor Neil Jones said it was distressing to hear of the incident, calling it severe animal cruelty.

“Even with the windows down, that’s extraordinary,” he said.

“It’s going to be up to 37 degrees next week and pet owners have a responsibility for the welfare of that animal, and that includes the effects of high temperature.”

If a dog suffers in a car, pet owners can face a fine of $5500 and spend six months in jail and if it dies, the fine can rise to $22,500 with two years’ jail.

According to the RSPCA, thetemperature inside a car can reach higher than 50 degreesafter only five minutes when the temperature outside is 32.5 degrees.

Tests revealed after two hours, it couldreach more than 75 degrees and the colour of the car,tintedwindows,leaving the windows open and parking in the shade did not coolthe cabinsignificantly.

Signs a dog issuffering from heat stress can include panting, drooling and restlessness, which can worsen toweakness, changing gum colour,staggering,vomiting, diarrhoea andseizures.

If you see a dog suffering in a hot car, call RSPCA NSW immediately on 1300 278 3589 (1300 CRUELTY) or Orange Police on 6363 6399.

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