MICHIGAN CITY — A local woman was cited for neglect after Animal Control and Michigan City Police rescued her dog from a dangerously hot car.
Temperatures inside the vehicle were estimated at 93 degrees.
According to a Michigan City Police Department report, Animal Control was called to the scene at 10:40 a.m. Aug. 31 to rescue a distressed dog locked inside a vehicle in the Medical Group Plaza Parking Lot at 1225 E. Coolspring Ave.
The dog was reportedly inside the vehicle for more than an hour. Upon arrival, the officer met the witness and noticed the little brown Dachshund dog was panting with little air ventilation inside the car. The car was parked in direct sunlight. The windows were all cracked, but only about a half inch each. Animal Control then contacted Michigan City Police to make entry into the vehicle.
An officer arrived on scene at approximately 10:50 a.m. and used his lockout kit to gain entry into the vehicle. Once the dog was retrieved, Medical Group security was on scene and offered to page the owner, who was inside the plaza. The dog was reportedly hot to the touch. Given the temperature outside, and the condition of the vehicle, the temperature inside the vehicle was estimated at 93 degrees.
The witness said the owner had been inside the medical plaza for an hour and the dog was out there the entire time.
At about 11:15 a.m., the owner of the dog showed up and was cited for neglect. Animal Control also reportedly told her the conditions she left her dog in could have created a far worse outcome had someone not called authorities. The dog was released back to the owner.