On June 30, the animal control officer was called to a parking lot on South County Trail because a dog was inside a car and the day was hot. The incident was reported in the Police Log that posted Thursday, July 10.
Since then, EG News has gotten more information about the incident, including that the animal control officer took two readings of the temperature inside the car. The first reading was 112 degrees; the dog was panting but not in distress, according to ACO Renee Young. About 10 minutes later, the owner of the car still had not returned and the temperature inside the car was 118 degrees.
“The dog was now on the floor of the vehicle trying to get out of the sun,” said Young.
The windows were cracked open enough that Young was able to reach in and unlock the door. She took the dog into her air-conditioned truck. The owner returned to her car about 10 minutes later. The woman, from Fall River, Mass., was fined $50.