Animal Control Officers Seek OK to Enter Cars

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Animal control officials in Augusta are seeking authorization to enter locked vehicles when a trapped animal's life is in danger.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Augusta's animal control department encounters such a situation about once a month when responding to animal calls.

Officer Ben Reyes said last month that he found two puppies locked in a hot car in Augusta Mall's parking lot.

The owners showed up in time and were cited for cruelty, but Reyes said sometimes Animal Control can't get a sheriff's deputy to open the vehicle soon enough.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:55 PM
    You know that if a animal is in danger of dying, it should be o-kay to enter someones car.I know if someones child was in a hot car crying most people wouldn't hesitate to knock the window out.I've seen small dogs in cars hasseling and the window be cracked just a little and it is alarming to me.If you have heart felt love for your children and your animals you wouldn't leave them in a hot car, not even for two or three minutes.
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