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Police cite man for leaving dog in hot car


Law enforcement report¢ A Kansas City, Mo., man was issued an animal cruelty citation after a 22-year-old Lawrence woman saw the man's Golden Retriever in his car parked in the 100 block of E. Seventh St. Saturday.The dog, which was in the front passenger seat, was panting heavily, the witness told police. The car was not running. Its windows were open about one inch and the vehicle's sunroof was also open.Kansas law states that an animal cruelty citation can be issued when an animal is left in a vehicle in extreme weather conditions, which include a temperature of less than 30 degrees or more than 80 degrees.¢ Two vehicles were involved in an injury accident at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kwik Shop gas station, 845 Miss. A car driven by Meredith Hazelton, 21, of Overland Park, Kan., was backing out of a parking stall on the south side of the business when she and a car driven by Carol Brune, a 61-year-old Lawrence woman, collided. Brune, who had just backed out of her own stall on the east side of Kwik Shop, told police that she had pulled out of her space and was about to drive west onto Ninth Street when the accident occurred. A witness told police he thought the accident was caused by Brune driving too fast in the congested parking lot.Hazelton's passenger, Erin Stephenson, a 22-year-old St. Louis woman, complained of neck pain and was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was later treated and released.Emergency calls Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses:¢ Rescue or EMS standby, 5:46 p.m. Thursday, 1309 W. Sixth St.¢ Water or steam leak, 8:51 p.m. Thursday, 1420 W. 23rd St.¢ Motor vehicle accident, 7:26 a.m. Friday, 6-mile marker Kansas Highway 10.


Centrist 8 years, 2 months ago

Let me get this right ... the 100 block of 7th St. Oh you mean DOWNTOWN. And this guy was cited for leaving his dog in the car. Sounds bad, right?

I bet he wasn't gone very long. But he had the window cracked AND the sunroof open?? Hey, at least he TRIED!!

Perhaps he should've taken his pooch with him, or left some water in the car, at least.

gccs14r 8 years, 2 months ago

Leave the dog at home if you can't stay with him and he can't come with you. He's counting on your to take good care of him.

SloMo 8 years, 2 months ago

I was a passenger in a car stopped at the gas station for filling up on a fairly pleasant day, temperature probably in the high 70's. I was amazed at how hot I got and how fast! First I tried just opening the door, but I ultimately had to get out of the car before we finished filling up. I can't imagine how an animal that can't sweat and is covered with fur must feel - I agree with Marion - try it if you don't believe it.

Ragingbear 8 years, 2 months ago

I agree. Even cracked windows and open sunroofs can still become incredibly hot in a very short period of time.

Ken Miller 8 years, 2 months ago

This guy gets the Michael Vick award this week for sure.

jackie 8 years, 2 months ago

This man gets a ticket, but the policeman that killed his dog by doing the same thing is let off the hook by Paul Morrison. I am not condoning leaving this dog in the car, but I am a questioning the judgment of the top cop in Kansas.

acg 8 years, 2 months ago

Aww poor doggie. People forget that because animals can't vocalize their discomfort that they're really unhappy with this heat. I see it all summer long, people taking their dogs places and leaving them in the car while they go in to the store or eat at a restaurant. It's totally unfair to those animals. Leave them at home, so they can have relative comfort. What a shame. Oh and that Michael Vick guy should have to fight one of those dogs they turned vicious (bare handed), as part of his punishment.

Jamesaust 8 years, 2 months ago

"the policeman that killed his dog by doing the same thing is let off the hook by Paul Morrison."

Morrison is making a judgment under the Kansas animal cruelty statute and most likely came to his conclusion based on the absence of intent to abuse the dog under the circumstances of the case. (You are aware of the circumstances before commenting, no?)

The dog citation mentioned here is under city statutes that are much tougher than the Kansas laws and - to my reading - do not contain an intent requirement before a violation is triggered.

classclown 8 years, 2 months ago

"The dog citation mentioned here is under city statutes that are much tougher than the Kansas laws and - to my reading - do not contain an intent requirement before a violation is triggered."


The article mentions Kansas law. It makes no mention of city statute.

Charles L Bloss Jr 8 years, 2 months ago

I keep my pets inside the house. I let them outside several times a day to play and sniff things. My dog is a water dog, so I bought her a plastic swimming pool and keep it half filled with water. I change the water every day. Dogs sweat through their feet, she enjoys just standing in the water. All the K-9 officers I know leave their cars running with the air conditioner on when they leave the car. If they are going to be gone for very long they put the hood up so the engine won't overheat. If you park your car for 5-10 minutes and leave it to shop, even if you leave the windows down an inch, it is incredibly hot inside in just that short time. No one should leave anything alive in a car in the summertime, unless they leave the car running and air conditioner on. A golden retriever is a beautiful animal, with lots of fur, and certainly should not be left in a car in the summertime. Thank You, Lynn

yankeelady 8 years, 2 months ago

We have a kiddie pool out back also, lots of shade. And a couple of those mist nozzles. One of the dogs likes it, the horses and hummingbirds love it. It doesn't use a ton of water, so we can leave them on all day when it gets above 85.

splovely 8 years, 2 months ago

Oscarfactor...lol you are absolutely right! If I was the dog I would have bit the MF when he got back in!

Rationalanimal 8 years, 2 months ago

This is absurd macro-managment. "Panting heavily." What kind of legal standard is that? My male dog pants heavily when a female in the neighborhood is in heat. What's next, charges of felony sexual assault when Buster jumps the fence to get with the neighbors female in heat? This illustrates two things: police officers who have an unhealthy love of exercising authority over the public, and politicians that have a disproportionate ratio of emotion and sympathy to common sense.

Jamesaust 8 years, 2 months ago

"The article mentions Kansas law. It makes no mention of city statute."

Indeed it does not. So? Journalism at LJWorld suddenly improves with this article?

Here is the Kansas animal cruelty statute, under 21-4310: http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-statutes/getStatute.do

You'll search quite hard to find anything about "extreme weather conditions," let alone temperatures. That's a City statute and there's been 'controversies' about it for several years now. By comparison, it took years and national attention to force Kansas to pass even this statute; there's no way Kansans would approve a statewide, "extreme weather conditions" animal-in-car statute. The more delicate, liberal sensitivities of Lawrence were required to adopt this.

As I originally noted regarding the AG, you WILL see under 21-4310 an "intent" requirement for prosecution. In other words, a prosecutor would need to prove that an owner intended to harm the animal. The original comment I responded to was merely a swipe at Morrison in hopes that those ignorant of the facts (clear lack of intent) would buy such a claim.

Charles L Bloss Jr 8 years, 2 months ago

Marion: Awesome job. I would have opened all the doors, then pulled the kids out and stay with them in some shade till authorities arrived. Of course, a window would have to be broken to get the car opened up. Vandal, indeed, you should get a medal for what you did! You very well could have saved those kids life, or saved them from brain damage. Thank you for what you did. Thank You, Lynn

Charles L Bloss Jr 8 years, 2 months ago

P.S. Our 100 pound black lab is spoiled rotten as well. We love her so much! Our pets are our kids as we have no children. They act like kids, too. Something exciting is always happening around here because of them, and the way they interact. We didn't get pets until I retired, now I can't imagine life without them. One of our cats ate that poisoned food, and it cost about $ 700 to save her life. Our vet has his practice in Topeka, but he lives in Lawrence. He is the best vet I ever saw. Thank you, Lynn

Rationalanimal 8 years, 2 months ago

"100 pound black lab"

How is over-feeding and under-exercising a dog to the point it is 100 pounds not grounds for neglect, quasi-child endangerment, and abuse? If a black lab normally should weigh 70 pounds, you're talking about an animal that has nearly 50% body fat. Be careful Lynn731, the animal abuse police will be at your house in full swat gear next because the legal standard is "panting heavily" and a dog that fat is sure to pant heavily in 50 degree weather at resting rate in the shade.

Abuse is abuse is abuse. If were going to prosecute and criminalize leaving a dog in car, then we need to apply the law equally and criminalize neglect and other infractions criminalized as applied to humans. Accessory to canine or feline sexual assault would put at least 20-30% of the human population in prison. Even more beautiful is the fact that consent can't be an imputed defense, because, have you ever seen a canine give express consent (someone reading is thinking "yes they can"). Last, how about hunting? Where is the symmetry in criminalizing a dog "panting heavily" in a car and not criminalizing blasting a hole through bambi with a .50 caliber mushrooming slug? The point we're being led to with these ridiculous laws passed and enforced by soft-headed emtional liberals is to place animals at or above the same level as human beings. Such laws should be tossed into the waste bin of not just stupid, but retarded ideas.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

cool it RA...some labs are very tall and very large with no excess weight, even weighing 120lbs. I've known some. one was tall enough to walk up to your average dining table and dine at it standing quite comfortably.

glad this guy was ticketed. goldens have a deep layered coat and it makes them especially sensitive to heat. hope there's no harm to the dog.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

anybody know what the status of the dog is? is he or she still in this schlub's custody?

purplesage 8 years, 2 months ago

Way to go, Marion! You naughty, vandal, you. Good job saving the kids.

The dog in the car is a dilemma, no? We took ours on vacation, stopped at an outpost of the evil empire from Arkansas for a few minutes, and had hate mail from PETA on the window when we came back out.

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