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An Ohio woman was shocked this month when an officer cited her for leaving her dog in a hot car but, instead of writing a ticket, the cop forced her to sit inside to see how it feels.
The Strongsville pet owner was inside a Walmart as the dog sat in the parking lot. The officer then had the woman sit inside with the windows up and ignition off.
And this isn't the first time an animal-loving officer has employed the unorthodox punishment.
In the recent Ohio incident, the woman was left 'looking uncomfortable' as she sat in her unventilated Nissan Sentra, but drove away with just a warning and her tail between her legs.
In Truth or Consequences, New Mexico last June, the pet owner in question wasn't as eager to put the incident behind her.
Shelly Nicholas filed a report against an officer who told her to sit in her car after someone called to report a dog was inside with no ventilation in 90 degree heat.
Nicholas reasoned that she'd only been away ten minutes.
'You can wait in the truck and close the door you know, since it's not that hot,' the officer is heard saying to Nicholas in body camera footage later obtained by KOB.
However, in her report, Nicholas characterizes the officers words as an 'order' and the footage does not show her actually sitting in the hot car as police wrote her a ticket.
originally posted by: TheLotLizard
a reply to: Anyafaj
Wouldn't people turn around and sue claiming that they obtained burns from sitting in the car or say they sat in there so long that they got heat stroke?
Or at the very least cruel and unusual punishment.
I am not disagreeing at all and I think the owner should have to sit in there as long as they had their animal/child in the car. But It just feels like a bad idea in the long run.
But on the other hand of that dilemma I think More laws will arise about the concerns of animals.
originally posted by: Biigs
Um isnt that pretty dangerous, you know exactly like it is for the dog. Sorry to be a voice of reason here, as fitting as it might sound as a lesson, it doesnt sound all that responsible.
Like having child abusers, abused by giant people for a lesson or whatever..... (extreme example).
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: Anyafaj
I saw a dog, clearly distressed, in a locked car in a shopping centre here in Perth just 2 months ago (hot summers here). After smashing the window and freeing the poor creature it drank about a litre of water. I waited for the owner, a 25-year old idiot who proceeded to lecture me on the damage. Suffice to say, for his own protection, as a large crowd was gathering, the police took him away and he was eventually charged with animal cruelty.
Children are not immune to the same thing either.......unfortunately.
NEVER hesitate to smash the window - ever.
That's a +1 for the cops too........I agree..........nothing like a taste of your own medicine to really hit home.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
No, this isn't a good tactic. Since when did police have the authority to issue punishments of their own creation? Isn't that the whole point in laws? Lawmakers decide the laws, police detain people suspected of breaking those laws, and the judicial system decides whether the suspect is guilty or not. Then punishment is determined. Judges sometimes issue punishments like this, but that's not for the police to decide.
This is literally why we have a growing police state now. Because people think it's acceptable for police to overstep the limits of their authority & actually become the judges, as well.
With that being said, I absolutely hate seeing kids & animals locked in cars. But the focus should be on educating people on the harm in doing it beforehand.
EDIT: Whoops, Unity 99 beat me to it