Dog left in vehicle for hours at east mall

A resident from the east has raised his questions of a motorist who left a dog in a vehicle while spending time at a mall.

The resident who wished to remain anonymous said the incident happened on Friday between 17:00 and 20:30.

He said he had parked next to the car with the dog was when he got to the mall at 17:30.

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He said even though the windows were slightly open it was clear the dog was in distress and dehydrated.

“When we came out from dinner three hours later, the dog looked stressed out. This is pathetic and completely unfair towards the poor dog. It is animal cruelty, people who do that don’t deserve a pet,” he said.

SPCA spokesperson, Jacqui Grové said it was irresponsible for the dog owner to have left the dog on its own.

She said even if the car was not parked under direct sunlight, temperature inside a vehicle could be very high.

She said people could alert security guards or parking guards when they come across animals left unattended in cars.

“The owner can be charged for contravening the Animals Act and causing unnecessary harm to an animal,” she said.

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She said there had been instances when people smashed the car window to save an animal inside.

“It is an offence to smash someone’s window, a person can be arrested for malicious damage to property,” she said.

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