Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dog left 6 days in a car without food or water: Bizarre reason for no charges

Dog left 6 days in a car without food or water: Bizarre reason for no charges, A small dog spent up to six days in a car without food or water in a West Seattle parking lot. He was rescued only after security guards spotted the beagle-pug mix shaking and looking frightened in the back seat of a car, according to Seattle Police Department.

When the security guards spotted the dog, whose name turned out to be Zipper, it was about 1 a.m. and this is when they called 911. One of the security guards told police that the car had been parked there for about six days, but no one was sure how long Zipper was inside, according to the Inquistr on April 25, 2013.

The police officer first to respond noted that Zipper survived the deadly mix of being in a car that sat in the sun, but also noted that she could see the dogs ribs. The manager of the animal care and volunteer programs for the Seattle Animal Shelter, Don Baxter, said the dog was living in a bad combination in that car, as even on a cool day a car can get extremely hot with the sun beating down on it.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said, "The dog appeared frightened and was shaken and appeared to be in distress." The police handed Zipper over to be cared for at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

The security guards gave him food and water before the little guy went anywhere. The man responsible for watching the dog while his girlfriend is away, won't be charged with leaving the dog in the car because the police don't have proof of how long Zipper was in the car. Even though Zipper is in distress, apparently their hands are tied.

"That's a big concern for us, and that would actually be animal neglect," said Witt.

Police are trying to figure out how long Zipper was left in the car, which isn't the easiest thing to do. The police plan to have a talk with the owner when she returns. Baxter added:

"We're going to have a conversation with this individual, try to educate them about the proper care for the dog and let them know that it's not acceptable to leave a dog inside a car on a warm day like today."

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