Bangor Police warn people not to leave dogs in car alone
It’s easy on days like this to get hot under the collar. imagine wearing a collar, having thick hair over your entire body and being left in a car. That’s what’s happening to some unfortunate dogs.It has Bangor police urging folks to leave their dogs at home instead of unattended in cars. On a holiday weekend that saw the temperature touch 90 in some areas, Bangor police say they responded to a half dozen complaints of people leaving their dogs unattended in vehicles while they went shopping…a situation that local veterinarians say could quickly become disastrous.Dr. David Cloutier is a veterinarian at Veazie Veterinary Clinic and says it doesn’t take long for dogs to overheat. “But it doesn’t take that much. A normal dog’s body temperature is about 102. At 106-107, you’re starting to do major organ damage, seizures, death. i mean things go bad very quickly,” says Dr. Cloutier.Bangor police say none of the dogs they found this past weekend were in distress when they arrived. The owners had either left the windows cracked or the air conditioning on. Some had left bowls of water in the car. “But it would only take a stalled car, if the air conditioning is running, or the windows not down far enough and these dogs would be in real bad shape real quick,” says Sgt. Chip Hodges of the Bangor Police Department. “Some people don’t even realize on a 90 degree day, that car is getting up into the hundreds very quickly and unlike us, the dog can’t open the door and get out,” says Dr. Cloutier.The penalty for owners who leave their dogs in danger is more severe than you may think. The fine for a first offense ranges from $500-$2500 and police or animal control officers will do what’s necessary if they feel an animal is in danger. “By statute, the police or animal control officers have the authority to get into a car, essentially by any means necessary. obviously we would try to take the easy way out, check to see if it’s locked, try to have it opened by a locksmith or a wrecker driver, but if all else fails and a dog is really hurting, we’ll break a window,” says Sgt. Hodges.