Dogs left in hot cars, owners cited

Dogs left in hot cars, owners cited

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Animal Control officers have a message for pet owners: If you're going out, leave your pets at home.

Officers cited two people Thursday for leaving their dogs locked up in hot trucks.

At 10 a.m. a JAC officer was called to 505 E. Matthews regarding a black Labrador retriever inside a blue Chevy pickup truck.

When the officer arrived, he found the dog "panting very heavily."

The temperature, according to the initial incident report, was 87 degrees with a heat index of 98.

Using a digital thermometer, the officer determined the inside of the truck was 104 degrees.

The dog's temperature was 106 degrees.

The officer managed to track down the dog's owner, 53-year-old James Moore of Cash, who said he had been at the business since 9:25 for a doctor's appointment.

The officer cited Moore with cruelty to animals.

Less than an hour later, another JAC officer responded to a report of a dog inside a red Ford F-150 at Walmart, 1815 E. Highland.

According to the incident report, two windows were cracked open and the Doberman Pinscher inside was "panting profusely."

The officer used a digital thermometer to determine the temperature near the roof of the truck was 120 degrees. The temperature near the floorboard was 103 degrees.

He asked the store to page for the owner and waited until 11:20 when the owner, identified as 48-year-old Becky Moss of Jonesboro, returned to the vehicle.

When the officer told Moss that someone had reported the dog being left in the truck, she reportedly asked, "Even with the windows down?"

The officer told her it was too hot, then showed her the temperature reading for the truck.

He cited Moss with animal cruelty and for no state rabies.

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