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Woman charged with cruelty to animals


A woman was charged with cruelty to animals after leaving a puppy without water or air in a vehicle. On Sunday afternoon, a shopper in the Wal-Mart parking lot saw a puppy in a green Ford Taurus who appeared to be overheated. According to police she had a Wal-Mart employee page the owner of the dog while she went to get water for the animal. According to the witness, after numerous pages the woman did not respond. Police were called to the scene, found the owner and charged her with cruelty to animals for leaving the puppy in a car on a 82-degree day. -Contributed by [Laura Berger.][1] [1]: http://www.6newslawrence.com/staff/laura_berger/


Aiko 11 years, 10 months ago

Excellent! Now for puishment......Put her @#$ in a car (in Walmart parking lot) with no water and/or air. Dumb #%$@^!

Confrontation 11 years, 10 months ago

It'd sure be nice if people in Lawrence got this upset over child neglect and abuse.

Shelby 11 years, 10 months ago

A "fine mist from the hose" will only make things worse in this humid climate, Marion.

trinity 11 years, 10 months ago

i agree, confrontation. it's not often that i read people being so up in arms when a kid is injured. sure some of the "bigger" high profile cases they are-but not the day to day ones that do occur much too often.

i betcha there were half a dozen(at least)moms and/or dads wallopping the begeebus out of their kids in that there walmart, at the same time people were all heartbleeding over the puppy.

don't get me wrong-i'm not a dog hater by no means-but i'd sure like to see kids who're abused or neglected, dirty, hungry-receive the same treatment as some of the furry critters.

hockmano 11 years, 10 months ago

Why don't they just leave the dog at home? Duh!

Raider 11 years, 10 months ago

trinity, whipping a child in a store and abusing a child are two different things. While I agree with you that noone seems to get upset when we hear about cases of neglect and abuse, I disagree with you about spankings. How are children ever going to learn to behave if they are not punished. Timeouts don't work. That's why kids now have no respect for property or authority. Too many timeouts and not enough spankings.

acg 11 years, 10 months ago

I agree wholeheartedly. Why does your dog need to go to Wal Mart or the Grocery store? I don't get this fascination with driving around with one's dog, anyway, especially on one's lap. ???

mom_of_three 11 years, 10 months ago

My little dog, for one, likes to go for car rides because if I am going, she wants to go. (Just like one of my kids). But if I am stopping at the store, I won't let her come, because it isn't safe to leave her in the car. (And I try not to take the kids either!)

Shelby 11 years, 10 months ago

yeah Marion, I guess a very, very fine mist could evaporate quickly, but I'm still skeptical. A fan or a jog would definitely help in that respect.

kmat 11 years, 10 months ago

ACG - dogs like cars. My dog has actually logged over 7000 miles in the last few years (will be over 10,000 miles by end of summer). I don't ever leave him in the car, but he travels with me all the time. He's been to 9 states and loves it. As long as you are a good doggie parent and care for your dog, why not have them travel with you? He will beg to go for a ride, even if it's just to the carwash. He also knows that my favorite coffee house will give him treats if we go through the drive through.

If anyone sees an animal left in a car, please do call the police. The rule in Lawrence is if it's over 80 degrees they can't be left for more than 5 minutes. Unfortunately, I've already had to find a couple people in stores this month and have them paged to get their dogs.

Macon 47 - many of us walk our dogs downtown (not in the heat of the day) because dogs are social and like it. We'll get something to drink at Z's (he gets a water) and walk from 6th to South Park and back. He loves it and gets many pets and praises from others. He's even invited into Creation Station and Third Planet (they love him too). It's not showing off, it's called a walk. There is nothing wrong with walking your dog downtown as long as it isn't too hot outside. I would prefer to see more dogs downtown and less kids. The dogs usually behave better.

It's easy to see who the dog lovers are from these posts.

mom_of_three 11 years, 10 months ago


A few of the dog sites mention using misters to keep dogs cool, as well as a kiddie pool in the shade with a few inches of water. They also mention shaving some hair from long haired or heavy coated dogs, but not so much as to risk a sunburn.
But neither of my dogs like water if it is sprayed at them, no matter how find the mist. It reminds them too much of a bath!!

mlemiller 11 years, 10 months ago

You should see my dog's excitement when she hears "Do you want to go in the car?" She loves it! So we love to take her for rides whenever it makes sense. But you have to be smart and always aware of their health and comfort. It's just not acceptable to leave them in a hot car with no air.

And about Mass Street, I agree kmat. Dogs need to be socialized. And they enjoy meeting new people and other dogs. As long as the dog is behaved and isn't a threat to people or other dogs, why not take them to an outdoor public place like Mass Street? And I admit that I DO like to show off my dog. I'm just as pleased as my dog is when someone wants to meet her and give her a little attention. I'm sure no one is making you interact with their dog if you don't want to, so as long as people are being courteous what's the problem?

Centrist 11 years, 10 months ago

Yes, but take the dog for a walk when it's cooler!!!

Macon was right .. people walk them in the heat, on hot pavements, all the time. Trouble is, most of society still sees pets as accessories, as they do kids!

acg 11 years, 10 months ago

I love my dog but I also know what's an appropriate time/place for a dog. Maybe I don't fawn over the animal like I would my children because it's an animal. Nor do I take her on car rides because she's a dog. Dogs have to pee, poop, puke, slobber, etc. and I don't want any of that in/on my car. I have two kids crammed in there as it is, I don't need to add a big, slobbery, hairy furball that's traipsing back and forth wacking her tail into everything. When I get in my car, it's to go run errands, not to entertain the dog. I go, I do my stuff, I go home, so no, I can't see the necessity of ever taking the dog because there isn't a time when we don't have to get out of the car for something, somewhere, where it's inappropriate to take an animal or wrong to leave them in the car. That doesn't make me a bad dog owner, btw, for all of those out there who think I sound cold about my dog. One can love one's dog without dressing it up, talking to it like it's a human and taking it for a ride around the city. One can love one's dog by leaving it at home, to run and play in the yard or house, where it can lick itself, sniff other dog's butts and scratch if it needs to and do DOG THINGS.

pundit 11 years, 10 months ago

So I should feel guilty about taking my dog to Farmers Market at 8 am? He loves it.

[passing around the chill pills now]

Centrist 11 years, 10 months ago

People just need to realize that when they get a pet, they are taking on a LIFE, not an accessory or toy to be paraded around or abused.

I hear comments like "it's just a dog" and I really wonder why people get one if they don't view it as a family member?

Anywho, I'm glad the dog owner in this story was caught "not thinking". More of this needs to occur.

kmat 11 years, 10 months ago

ACG - I'm not saying you aren't a good pet owner, but there are different types of pet owners. My dog is my kid and companion (and better behaved than most kids). My dog knows his commands and is so well behaved. If it weren't for the leash laws, he wouldn't need one at all. If people are willing to spend the time training their dogs, they will be very well behaved in a car. My dog sits in his seat and looks out the window. He won't traipse back and forth in the car. That would be a distraction. Also, not all dogs are big, shedding, slobbering hounds. You obviously consider animals to be substandard to people, so you should just keep your dog at your house. Those of us that consider our dogs part of our family and train them well will take them for rides so they can smell the air rush by, see the sites and enjoy. My dog will be enjoying the Califonia beaches soon, after his 1500 mile ride through the desert to the promised land.

mom_of_three 11 years, 10 months ago

And it doesn't make us bad dog owners who DO take our dogs in the car. If I am running to the school to pick up a kid after a dance or practice, my little dog likes the change of scenery and to ride in the car. My big dog used to sit in the front seat of the van, so he could see exactly where he was going.

Pundit, I would take my big dog to the farmer's market with me, (because he is a people person(dog) more than my little dog), but I am afraid he would snatch from the tables!! He was adopted from the pound and he is fast!!)

mom_of_three 11 years, 10 months ago

One of my dogs IS big,can get slobbery, and does shed, and he loves to go for rides (in the hubby's car ONLY). He will move around to find the perfect spot, and then he stays put. And if he doesn't get in the car, he can't go to the dog park!!

acg 11 years, 10 months ago

Three weeks ago I was at 119th and Black Bob and this loving pet owner, who had her dog in her car came around a corner going too fast and right in front of me, her fat little bulldog came flying out of the passenger side window. At first, the little pooch had the greatest look on his face. He was happy, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing in his face and the next minute he was rolling across the pavement at like 20 miles an hour. I don't think he was looking too happy about being out of his natural element when I ran across a busy intersection to grab this poor bleeding little guy and keep him from being crushed by an oncoming car or truck. Neither was my aunt's Rott, Havoc, too happy when she was hanging her happy head out of the window of the car one day and a piece of gravel spit off from the truck in front of them took out her right eye. So, I'm sorry but I believe that dogs belong in yards, parks and grassy spaces. Not in our cars, at the store, jogging on hot blacktop on their little feet, wearing outfits that make them look ridiculous or eating McDonald's----because it's a dog. It's not your kid, it's not your mate. It's an animal. It has a diet that's specific to keeping it healthy. It has a natural element that makes it happy.

BonnieParker 11 years, 10 months ago

What's wrong with people?

Who would voluntarily sit in a car with the windows rolled up on a hot (or even not-so-hot) day for more than a minute? No one! And yet they make their pets and sometimes even their children do so. And this even AFTER all of the news reports about children and pets dying after this kind of treatment. What does it take to make people use common sense?

I have three dogs--yes three! They go everywhere with me as long as the weather and my errands allow. They LOVE it. And as much as I like taking them, they stay home when it's too hot or cold for them. It's called common sense!

I hope she gets fined and gets the puppy taken away. If she's that irresponsible she really shouldn't have it in the first place.

trinity 11 years, 10 months ago

raider you're absolutely right, i was trying to compare how public outcry&sentiment just seems to sometimes be way more intense when it's dogs and cats, than children. i totally agree with you; a butt swat is effective. BUT-i've also seen people go totally apes* crazy on their kids in stores. i mean gawd, do you really have to jerk a little arm, swing 'em around, and with face contorted spewing spit in their little scared face holler at 'em for wanting something they saw? a swat's one thing, that out of control downright rage is another-and i'm afraid i see too much of the "rage" stuff.

besides which-it's asinine to think that a toddler can truly behave&be perfectly silent in a store, especially when it's really crowded&hectic. not fair, leave 'em at home.

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

The real crime was going to Walmart

kmat 11 years, 10 months ago

ACG - why are you harping on those of us that take care of our animals? You obviously aren't much of an animal person. Why complain to us about a lady in Olathe that obviously should have had the police called on her? Did you call the cops or hand her back her bleeding dog? If you didn't call the cops, then you aren't any better than her because you let a case of dog abuse go unreported. And your sister's Rott, why aren't you going off on her for being a bad pet owner? She obviously isn't the best caretaker for that dog if she lets the dog hand it's head out the window at high speeds. Complain to her and tell her that she shouldn't have a dog.

Sorry, but my dog is my kid. You don't like that idea, then tough. He is very well cared for and loved dearly. That is what matters.

A natural element that makes it happy?????????? Tell me what's natural about sitting in your house? Natural element would be the dog in a pack, in the wild, hunting and humping. If you keep a dog as a pet, it's not in a natural element.

I feel for your dog. I hope it at least gets some love.

kmat 11 years, 10 months ago

Trinity - you are correct, leave the small children at home.

I must say, my mother (who rarely ever had to spank us and never beat us) put the fear of god in us and we didn't make a peep in public unless we were addressed. It all depends on if the parents have control.

acg 11 years, 10 months ago

I never harped on you. I stated, in my first post that I don't personally understand the whole take your dog everywhere you go thing that's sweeping the nation. That is my own personal opinion. Am I not allowed to have it if it doesn't agree with yours? Is that how it works on a free forum now KMAT? I was responded to by you, stating that I obviously think animals are substandard, etc. I never said anything of the sort. You jumped to a conclusion based on the fact that I'm the type of person that thinks one should leave their dog at home and not take them in the car. And no, why would I report animal abuse on someone who's dog flew out of a car? It was a horrible accident. She was highly upset. I hope she uses better judgement when her animal is in the car from now on. Nor would I report animal abuse on my aunt (not sister, apparently you have a reading issue) because most dogs hang their heads out of car windows. I never even said they were traveling at a high rate of speed. Actually they were in North Lawrence, where it's hard to travel at a high rate of speed. Yet again, you have problems reading. Nor did I say you shouldn't have a dog. You seriously should come down from whatever rush you're on and realize that this is a public blog where people who have different ideas and opinions state them. They don't always have to agree. I never made a judgement on any of you based on how you treat your animals or whether or not you take them on car rides. And you feel for my dog? My dog is a very well loved, well fed, well trained, well groomed animal that has an air conditioned outdoor shelter, an acre of lush green grass to play in, her own couch to sleep on in the house and a whole family that loves her and has for the 14 years that she's been with me. Just because I don't believe she belongs in a car doesn't mean I'm not a good pet owner either. I've noticed that your normal response on these threads is to attack first, read later. I think you should reverse that and try it the other way for awhile. You may actually come off as less of a whiny a**hole if you did. So I will leave you with the immortal words of Fez and say "good day to you". :)

nonimbyks 11 years, 10 months ago

This wouldn't have happened if the SLT was completed!

drake 11 years, 10 months ago

First of all I do not condone leaving a pet in a car to bake for any reason.
However, treating it like a human is stupid. All animals (including dogs) are here for one reason and one reason alone, to serve humans. Whether it is to comfort us, entertain us, or to retreive our birds, they are kept to make our lives better. All of you "animal lovers" keep elevating animals to a higher standard than they deserve and giving them human "rights". The only "rights" that any animal has is to live and die without undue suffering. Dogs do not love, hate, feel guilt or have any other emotions. They exist to eat, drink, sleep and lick themselves in hard to reach places. If I purchase a hunting dog that for whatever reason does not perform to expected standards it is put down immediately. No veterianary expenses or wasted food on an animal that is inferior. I'm sure you will all blast me now, but what I said is the cold hard truth of life and it always will be. Grow up.

BonnieParker 11 years, 10 months ago

You obviously have never had the opportunity to experience the benefits treating an animal with love can provide.

My dog works with people with special needs and people in the nursing home. She can sense what people need and will either play enthusiastically with them or sit and let them pet her as they need to. This is not training, and it is not coerced--she just does her thing and brightens the world of someone in need. And she eats it up. SHe has certain favorite people she looks for and gets excited to see. How do you explain that?

How can you take a living being and use it for only a specific purpose, then throw it away if it's not up to snuff? How sad.

And you seem proud of yourself for it...

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

Damn Drake thats hard....you know "acg" is wrtitting about four paragraphs right now in response.

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

Can you just shoot your dog because he doesnt hunt? Is this a Desoto rule I dont know about?

acg 11 years, 10 months ago

response to what? He has the right to his opinion. I have the right to mine. I think his actions may be a bit harsh but I'm not a child. I grew up in a family of hunters and that's the way it was. You didn't name the calves or rabbits. Deer weren't named bambi and they didn't romp in the woods with skunks and bunnies and sometimes daddy had to put down a coon dog. That's the way of the world. Flux, I think you're confusing me with KMAT who thinks more of their dog as a child than what it is, a dog.

drake 11 years, 10 months ago

Like I stated before. You are using your dog for a specific purpose, to comfort people. If your dog did not do this you wouldn't keep it or take it there with you. I didn't say these things to brag or be proud of, it is just life and death. Again, animals have no human "rights".

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

your right, im multi tasking right now. Is it legal to shoot your dor if you want? I really dont know

mztrendy 11 years, 10 months ago

my dog loves going in the car. he knows it usually ends with a doggy dish from Sonic.

acg 11 years, 10 months ago

I think it depends on where you do it. You couldn't do it in the city because it's illegal to discharge a firearm in city limits but I bet if you wanted you could take it out to the country and do it. You gonna wack a dog, are ya? ; )

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

kmat probably keeps a jar of peanut butter next to the bed

acg 11 years, 10 months ago

ROFL. Well on that disgusting note, I'm out for the day. You all enjoy.

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

No but I got this damn red cardinal that poops on my car ever single day that I'm thinking of wacking.

BonnieParker 11 years, 10 months ago

Actually, my dog goes because she enjoys it. She gets excited when she knows she's going. She is my pet, and I wouldn't take her if she didn't like it. I also wouldn't get rid of her if she didn't--we just wouldn't go. And when she gets old and can't get in the car anymore, I'm not going to have her put down, I'm going to care for her in a way that respects the joy she's given me.

I'm not saying that animals should have human rights, but they should be treated with respect and kindness, not as an expendable resource to be used and abused and thrown away when we're done with them.

mlemiller 11 years, 10 months ago

"Dogs do not love, hate, feel guilt or have any other emotions. "

Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong.

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

Ok.......lets get back to me shooting this damn bird. Should I wack it or not?

mom_of_three 11 years, 10 months ago

Everyone is jumping to conclusions.
Just because I take my dogs in the car doesn't mean I treat them like children. I treat them with kindness and respect.
I also grew up in a rural area, and I also know the harsh realities. Horses were our business and I knew my horse could be sold at any time, if the price was right. Our dogs were watch dogs and herders, but that doesn't mean that I didn't cry when it died or was injured. It's called feelings, even about animals. But my dad didn't shoot a dog if it couldn't do the job. The dog found another home, because he remembered what HIS dad did to animals.
In our family, you didn't name the chickens!!

mom_of_three 11 years, 10 months ago

Our neighbor used to raise hunting dogs, and my sister and I would help train the dogs. If a dog couldn't hunt or was being difficult during training, it was sold as a family pet. He didn't shoot them.

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

Anyone? I'm serious it poops on my car twice a day in the same spots, no jokeing. Is it wrong if I shoot it or not? I mean we are talking about animal cruelty right and is this an example?

flux 11 years, 10 months ago

ok, Im shooting the bird......later

Confrontation 11 years, 10 months ago

The funniest thing in the world is watching someone speak really high and hyper to their pets, and then assume their pets know what they're saying! "Wanna go outside?!!!" "Wanna go for a walk?!!!" "Wanna get hit by a car?!!!"

bender 11 years, 10 months ago

"All animals (including dogs) are here for one reason and one reason alone, to serve humans."

Lions don't usually serve us per se, they just eat us right out of the package.

BonnieParker 11 years, 10 months ago

There's a difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Although I will admit that my animals are oftentimes treated better than some people treat their children, I do not think animals should be elevated to the level of children. But they also shouldn't be discarded like trash if they don't fit our specific need.

Loving an animal and indulging them by giving them toys, treats or whatever makes me happy and a better person because I can care about something other than my own needs while getting only their happiness to have me around in return. How is this a bad thing? That makes them useful right there.
My dogs don't seem to mind being the beneficiaries of this.

They are also given the option of sleeping outside in their pen or sleeping inside on their dog bed. Where do you think they choose to sleep? Not outside!

Also, my dog knows the difference when I say "get in the car" or "feed the horses" or "get thet frisbee." When I say "get the frisbee" she runs after the frisbee, she doesn't go to the car or run to the barn. So how does she not, in some way, understand what I want?

allmine 11 years, 10 months ago

bb guns work well flux I say go for it.

Rick Aldrich 11 years, 10 months ago

i agree with the first above response to this issue: lock her butt in a car on a hot sunnnnnny day and allow people to watch her and also duck tape her mouth shut , cause a dog can't speak or beg for help. i'm a big animal lover and ---- like this just tweeks my hide.

Confrontation 11 years, 10 months ago

"When I say "get the frisbee" she runs after the frisbee, she doesn't go to the car or run to the barn. So how does she not, in some way, understand what I want?"

Could it be because there is a frisbee flying through the air? Dogs run after their tails, rabbits, cars, humans, and everything else. It's like saying that you have to train a cat to run after a mouse.

bubblejiggle 11 years, 10 months ago

I WAS at wal-mart that day!!! I heard the puppy barking and it sounded pretty sad when we drove by, I couldn't believe that someone left a dog in the car. I wasn't sure of the dogs situation when I went in the store, and didn't really think to much about it, but about 10 minutes later we came out and I am glad the family (a little girl and her mom) that found him took him out of the car and maybe saved his life.

I was wondering if the owner was going to get in trouble and I am glad she did. Shame on you lady...

BJ 11 years, 10 months ago

You can see dogs tied up or in hot cars without water any day at the LCS "wet" shelter. Just an FYI.

justathought 11 years, 10 months ago

My pups love to go, and trust me they know when it's time to go they get so excited. They love the dog park!

I can't understand saying that they don't have feelings. That's the strangest thing I've ever heard. My girls are very loved and they love me and my boys! I'd suggest that you get a dog and see but I would feel sorry for the dog.

Rebecca Valburg 11 years, 10 months ago

I completely understand why there is massive concern over people mistreating their animals, what I don't understand is the anger regarding people treating their animals "too nicely." If I want to take my dog in the car - he's trained to stay in the back seat, and it doesn't hurt anyone. It's the backseat of MY car getting shed upon, and I didn't invite you to sit there, anyway. He gets hamburgers from McDonalds occassionally, but my dog eating a hamburger in MY car is my deal. How I treat my dog may not appeal to you personally, but unless it's in any way affecting you, perhaps you need to think about what it is that really bothers you about it.

So much concern over how much time and money others sink into their pets. I don't regulate where you spend your free time and money - I have friends that sink theirs into video games, clubs, movies, etc. I'd personally rather spend my extra $5 on a new frisbee for my dog. Does this mean I think that ALL dogs need to be treated like this? Absolutely not. My parents have dogs as pets, and dogs as work animals. And though I absolutely not eat MY dog, I'm even okay with other people using dogs as livestock. They're animals, and as long as they're treated in a humane fashion, I'm okay with them having different uses. Just don't give me dirty looks for walking my dog in a public place, as long as I'm picking up the poop, keeping him on a tight leash, making sure he doesn't touch you in any way, and give you the right-of-way on the sidewalk.

And for the record, Confrontation, yes, some dogs WILL learn to get specific items. I didn't buy it either, until I got my current dog, but if I'm sitting on the couch and tell him to go get his frisbee or leash, he'll go find the appropriate item and bring it back. Are they rocket scientists? Absolutely not. But there's a lot to be said for a smart dog that's been well-socialized.

Off to join MY dog at the lake (he's been out all day with my roommate, while I was at work - his life is hard). :)

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