WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police in Windham charged a person for leaving their dog in a hot car Wednesday afternoon.
Police reported that they charged the dog owner with Cruelty to Animals after leaving the dog in a hot car with no water. Using an infrared thermometer, the animal control officer said multiple readings on the car placed the temperature inside between 94 and 101 degrees.
Do not leave pets in your vehicle. ACO summonsed owner of dog with Cruelty to Animals today. 94 degrees in vehicle, no water.— Windham Police Dept. (@WindhamPolice) May 17, 2017
Animal Control Officer Lisa Cronk said that police received a call around 11 a.m. When she arrived ath the address near Commons Road, she said found a young golden retriever, less than one year old, sitting in an SUV with no water. Cronk said the SUV had been there for more than one hour.
She said the owner, an adult male, came out of the place where he was running an errand and let the dog out.
Cronk said the dog did not suffer any injuries that she feel required to be treated by a veterinarian.
She said she summonsed the owner. The penalty for this type of cruelty to animals is a civil violation with a fine of no less than $500 and no more than $2500.
Cronk said she gives fliers out to other Windham police officers to carry in case they see a dog in a hot car that warns people of the dangers.
Cronk said she responded to a second, less severe call for a different dog in a car. She said the owner had left the dog for only a short time, and had the windows cracked and had left water in the car. She said she issued that owner a warning.