Humane Society accidentally leaves dog in hot car
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 5:18 PM - The Humane Society of Marion County in Daytona Beach, Florida is said to be devastated over the death of Rollin, a one-year-old mixed-breed dog that died in an agency-owned transport car outside of a PetSmart store Friday.
Humane Society officials said the tragedy was the result of a miscommunication.
It occurred when two of the society's dogs, Willow and Rollin, started barking while at the PetSmart.
A volunteer took the dogs to a transport van. During that time, the van was left running and the dogs were kept cool while a volunteer was called to take the van back to the society.
Another volunteer came to pick up the dogs, but thought only one was being transported.
Rollin's crate was only accessible from the back of the van, while Willow's crate was accessible from the side door.
When another volunteer opened the side door of the vehicle to let Willow out, Rollin was not seen.
He was found approximately two hours later.
The Daytona Beach News Journal reports the society will now adopt new transportation guidelines called Rollin's Rules to prevent another incident.
“As an organization that works so hard to preserve life, this is devastating to us,” Bruce Fishalow, executive director of the Humane Society, said in a interview. He added this was the first known tragedy of its kind in the agency's 51-year history in Marion County.
The Humane Society said everyone involved is heartbroken and the staff involved had been working with animals for years without incident.
There are no laws protecting dogs in hot cars in Florida, so it's unlikely any charges will be laid.
LEAVING A DOG IN A HOT CAR IN CANADA
In Canada, people who leave animals unattended in a car in a manner that risks their health and safety could be charged under a provincial SPCA act and under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Penalties include possible jail time, a lifetime ban against owning animals and up to $60,000 in fines.
Source: Daytona Beach News Journal
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