Dedham dog owner fined for leaving pet in hot car for more than 45 minutes


The owner was shopping at Costco while the dog was sitting in the car.

A dog was left alone in a car in a Costco parking lot in Dedham for more than 45 minutes on Wednesday. Dedham Police Department.

A Dedham dog owner was fined by police on Wednesday afternoon after leaving his dog alone in his car for at least 45 minutes while shopping, The Boston Globe reported.

Police responded to reports of a dog left in a car in the Costco parking lot at 200 Legacy Blvd. around 4 p.m., the World reported. The dog was a one-year-old female Yorkshire terrier poodle mix.

Dedham Police wrote on Facebook that all four windows were rolled up when the responding officer found the dog in the car, and the dog was on a leash so it had become tangled around a seat belt, driver’s seat and emergency brake. When the officer found the dog, he had about six inches of mobility.

“It was already hot in the car and if the dog had started to panic and fuss trying to free itself from the entanglement, things could have escalated very quickly and very tragically,” police wrote.

The police told the World that the response officer attempted to contact the owner using Costco’s public address system, but employees were unable to use it. The officer then waited for the owner to return, ready to release the dog if need be.

The owner returned, but only after 45 minutes the World reported. The owner was fined $150 as it was his first offense and was told of the dangers of leaving a dog alone in a hot car.

Dedham Police have advised the public to report any incident in which a dog, child or elderly person is left unattended in a car to the police.

“Here in Dedham, the safety of our community – human and animal – is the top priority,” police wrote.


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