Report of dog left in car leads to heated confrontation

Report of dog left in car leads to heated confrontation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro Animal Control officer investigating a report of a dog left in a hot car reportedly encountered a hot-under-the-collar owner.

At 3:40 p.m. Thursday, Officer Mike Owens reported finding a dog in the back seat of a Toyota Camry with Texas tags parked at The Mall at Turtle Creek, 3000 E. Highland Drive.

The outside temperature, according to his initial incident report, was 90 degrees with a heat index of 99 degrees. Owens stated the temperature on the car's back seat was 107 degrees.

Owens ran the tags and asked mall personnel to page the owner, 29-year-old Brandi L. Clausen of Sandia, TX.

Twelve minutes later Clausen, along with her husband and child, exited the mall. She told Owens they had just been inside the store 10 minutes. According to the report, surveillance video showed the suspects had entered the store at 3:15 p.m.

Her husband then asked if there was a problem, the report stated.

Owens reportedly told the man, who was not identified, it was against Arkansas state law to leave a dog in a car without it running.

At that point, according to the report, the man said, "Oh, so I'm just supposed to leave it running so they can steal my car and dog?"

Owens said the man then started "cussing in a very loud manner while citizens with their kids" walked by.

The JAC officer asked the man to lower his voice and warned if he did not calm down, he would call Jonesboro police.

Owens cited Clausen with misdemeanor cruelty to animals with a court date of Aug. 10.

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