Officials: dog owner cited after leaving pet in hot car in Wareham

Aug 06, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources The owner of this dog has been fined after the animal was left inside a car with the temperature reaching 86 degrees.

The Wareham Department of Natural Resources hit the owner of a dog left in a hot car with a fine on Sunday, Aug. 5.

According to officials, the animal was left inside the car with a single window 2 inches open while it was 86 degrees outside. The dog owner’s family was eating in a Wareham restuarant when a Department of Natural Resources officer found the animal, officials said.

“This is unacceptable due to the heat issue and leaving a dog in a vehicle is not acceptable, you will receive the maximum citation allowed by law,” officials posted on the department’s Facebook page.

In 2016, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law making it illegal to leave pets in vehicles where they are subject to danger from extreme weather. The law carries a civil penalty of up to $150 for the first offense. It also grants first responders immunity from civil and criminal charges when saving pets and allows bystanders to save animals, provided they act in good faith and notify officials before attempting the rescue.

Officials said the dog’s owner was located and fined.

Comments (21)
Posted by: Buzz 123 | Aug 06, 2018 11:29

Leave your dog home. People just don’t listen.

Posted by: Curiouscat | Aug 06, 2018 14:01

Put the owners in the car and roll up the windows and let them see how it feels.  Some people just don't get it.  Our pets love us unconditionally and the poor thing doesn't understand what they did is cruel.  Adorable pooch and I hope he/she is okay.  Once again I love my dog more than most people but even I know the difference between right and wrong even with those big brown eyes begging me to take him with me whenever I go out.

Posted by: cranky pants | Aug 06, 2018 17:08

Forgive me if I'm doing my math incorrectly, but the paper states that the owner will be hit with a hefty fine. Later it lists the civil penalty to being only $150 for the first offense.

Is $150 considered the hefty fine or would this be a second or third offense.

You could spend 150 bucks at McDonald's for lunch nowadays... That's not hefty.

Hefty would be assigning the offenders to some hard labor and community service. Let them go hand clear some of that lot that was donated to the dog park fan club. Do some service and retribution for all the quada-peds out there.

Posted by: Randall Stephens | Aug 06, 2018 20:28

Hope the owners got a DOGGY bag.


Posted by: Steve Holmes | Aug 07, 2018 07:05

There is a puddle next to the passengers door consistent with air conditioning running, also the dog is not panting, could the air conditioner been on for the pooch. Like I have said I have left Neiman in the car when he is out with me if I have to run in somewhere for a few minutes, but I close all the windows and leave the AC on. Is that illegal under this law. I would never take him if I was going to eat I am talking like 5 minutes, and not is its a big store, more like a gas station store.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Aug 07, 2018 08:29

Steve, a puddle doesn't mean the car was running. I'm sure our animal control officer could have easily determine if the AC was running or not.

Posted by: kevinc687 | Aug 07, 2018 09:49

the car leaves a puddle after you shut it off also. the system defrosts. even with a remote starter and using the convenience store mode that keeps the car running for 15 minutes so you can lock it and take your keys, i don't think they had their steak dinner with their family in 15 minutes.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Aug 07, 2018 14:03

The law should be amended to include people who let their dogs out or walk their dogs on sunny days in the summer. Things including living things can become super heated by the sun. Try walking on a paved surface barefooted. Not fun and not fun for the animals. If you take your pet out on sunny days it would be hypocritical of you to slam these pet owners that left the window open on a freshly air conditioned car with everything inside cool and in the shade for a quick dinner 

Posted by: Phredzzz | Aug 07, 2018 14:36

Cranky: You nailed it !We have become so forgiving as a society that we LOST our way when it comes to assigning Penalties for Crimes. Hell; our Judicial system even goes so far as to Parole Murderers, Robbers, and Rapists loose after serving a few years in Jail. How can we ever expect the Clowns in Black Robes to properly penalize offenders for abusing an animal?

Posted by: cranky pants | Aug 07, 2018 17:08

You can compare our judicial system to our fast food society that we live in. Maximum gain for minimum effort. People come to work to do as little as possible and go home.

Add them to the list of people that are horrible at their jobs, but still reap the rewards.

Posted by: Phredzzz | Aug 08, 2018 13:18

You are Correct CRANKY, but we should always remember who the main culprit is. In Massachusetts, those Liberal Judges are appointed by Liberal Governors. If, as a society we want stiffer Penalties for Criminals, we must remember to Vote More Conservative. Otherwise, we have no one to blame but ourselves!


Posted by: WWreader | Aug 08, 2018 14:22

Hate to disappoint you Phreddy, but since 1990 here is the list of governors:







Damn those Liberal judges appointed by all our Liberal Governors, huh?

Posted by: Phredzzz | Aug 08, 2018 15:53

WWREADER: Your list means absolutely NOTHING! If you really want to learn the truth, look up the Judgeship list for the state of Massachusetts and their Political affiliation. Based on your response, I think you will be surprised to  discover the real number of Judges who were appointed by Actual and Practice-What-you-Preach Conservative Governors. And oh by the way WW; your list does NOT indicate that the Governor's like Mr. Baker, Romney, and Celluci are Liberals in Conservative disguise. I think the current label which describes those Liberals  is Republicans in Name Only !

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 08, 2018 16:16

Republican Governors can, and in recent Massachusetts history often have, supported liberal policies in a variety of areas of government. In other words, you don't have to be a Democrat in order to support liberal policies.

Three interesting reflections on Massachusetts’s recent history of “socially liberal” Republican Governors can be found in an article titled:

“Why is the governor of Massachusetts Republican, if Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states?

3 Answers”

Among the answers:

Massachusetts Republicans are more like the old New England "Rockefeller Republicans."  They are fiscally conservative but don't presume to tell other people their business on social and moral issues.

Posted by: desertsky | Aug 08, 2018 16:42

Charlie Baker is about as far away from being a Republican as one can be. All I can say is GET OUT AND VOTE IN THE PRIMARY and vote that RINO outta there..he's just as bad as that little weasel Deval Patrick. Most of the judges in this state bought their way in and it's a disgrace to law enforcement how liberal sentencing (or lack thereof) laughs in the face of those trying to enforce our laws.


Posted by: WWareham resident | Aug 09, 2018 06:09

100% agree with DESERTSKY, the second Charlie Baker took office he flipped from Conservative Republican to a liberal tool. He is the furthest thing from a republican, period!

My dog is attached to me and wants to go everywhere I go and i take him if I'm running out to the store or running into Shaws for a couple of items but he's left in my black truck, running with the windows cracked, Tupperware bowl of water and AC blowing. Lately he's discovered how great the vented seats feel and when I remember to turn it on for him, he sits in the front passenger seat and leans into the back support where more cool air is coming from, the spoiled pup also really likes the heated seat in the winter. I bring my spare key so when I get out I can lock the doors but he's perfectly safe, watered and cool for the maximum 15 min I'm going to be away from him.

We were in Dartmouth last summer and in a parking lot there was a Jeep Stlye SUV with a dog locked inside, it was summer and extremely hot and sunny. This dog's owners actually had printed out a sign and had it laminated and in both driver and passenger side, stating DO NOT BREAK WINDOW, DOG IS SAFE, HAS WATER AND AC IS ON.

It really comes down to responsible owners but the ones who do leave a poor dog in a blazing hot vehicle, I agree $150 is more of a nuisance than a fine or deterrent.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Aug 09, 2018 08:08

The puddle makes sense. Funny story, as many of you know I travel to Hospitals for business, so I am always in rentals, pulled into the parking garage, got out and went in to work. Come out at noon for a smoke, and to my surprise there was a security guard standing by the car. I go over and he ask me if its my car. I say yes and how can I help you. He tells me the car is running. Happened again the other night, Dolores and I are watching TV its about 930 and we have a knock on the door. It was our neighbor, telling me my lights were on n my car. I go out to check on it my car was running, These new cars are so quiet you don't even hear them. Funny stuff. We should make the fine 500 for the first offense, then some may think about doing it.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Aug 09, 2018 08:27

Why does everything have to turn into a political debate? This article is about a dumb ass who left their dog in a hot car. You people who make everything about political parties need to reevaluate your lives. SMH

Posted by: Phredzzz | Aug 11, 2018 12:01

Hey PEACHES: Think about YOUR words!! The only Nitwit on this site being Judgmental is YOU. Everyone else is enjoying the banter. Hee, Hee, Must be your attempt at a Joke, Right ?

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Aug 11, 2018 12:33

^ triggered

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 12, 2018 02:54


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