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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on July 14, 2007, in response to the Camera’s question: A hot car, a dead dog and a possible $1,000 fine. In view of the criminal charges against the owners of a bulldog that died in a hot car last month, the Camera’s editorial board considered the following question: Does the potential punishment (a $1,000 fine) fit the alleged crime?

I am sure the local couple whose 2-year-old bulldog died after being rescued from their hot car last month is suffering from their loss. I cannot discount that natural punishment with pain no charges could evoke. Nevertheless, though it may add more pain, I agree with animal-cruelty charges against the couple being pursued by the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. The possibility of a $1,000 fine and probation upon conviction underlines the responsibilities pet owners take on by bringing pets into their lives. Some irresponsible acts may be done in ignorance but still have serious consequences of incredible suffering and death.

I doubt higher fines and more punitive measures would prevent more deaths. Instead, pet owners, and, of course, those caring for children as well, need to find out more directly how fast temperatures rise in cars. One device that could help is the Emergency Alert Device created by inventor Jim Boratgis with marketing help from his businessman friend, John Voss. Once installed in a car, the device could be set to give a cell phone call to the owner when the car’s inside temperature reaches a set level. After a few hurried trips within minutes back to their cars, I think the need for alternatives will become apparent. Since this device has not hit store shelves yet, I am glad to say many have learned this lesson without it.

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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