OK – so last year I went to Target in August and it was 107 degrees outside. Literally, 107 degrees, we live in Scottsdale AZ. I pulled up and as I was getting out of the my car I noticed there was an airedale inside the car next to me. Car was not running and the windows were cracked about an 1 inch.
I was in shock, like who could possibly think this was an option when it is 107 out!!! I waited by the car until another lady walked by. We got to talking and I asked if she would stay with the dog while I went inside and found the owner.
I took pictures of the car and the license plate and went inside Target. I was a bit frantic because I didn't know how long the dog had been left there. I was eventually routed to a manager and I explained what was happening, all the while I know that every minute that ticks by that dog was closer and closer to death. I showed the manager the photo of the license plate and asked her to page the owner so they would return to their car.
The manager refused and said there was nothing they could do. What? So Target's official position is to let this dog die in a hot car! I was pissed and told the manager that the dog was going to die and to please help. The manager told me that I could call the police department and report it.
UGH… so I call the police and now we wait another ten minutes. I'm so hot waiting by the car that sweat is rolling down my arms… and I'm thinking to myself – do I break the window, do I wait for the police, the owner, how can I tell looking through a one inch crack how distressed this dog is becoming?
I'm standing by the driver's side and this older guy comes up to the car and I confronted him about leaving the dog in the car. He was belligerent. Kept saying to me, it's not that Hot. What, seriously, what kind of idiot can say that when it's 107 out.
He tells me to mind my own business and that the dog is fine and to leave them alone. He gets into his car and i stand between his open door and the car and tell him that he's not leaving because the police are on the way.
He throws down his stuff on the passenger seat and gets out of the car aggressively as if he was going to hit me. I say to him (granted I'm pretty heated at that time and the adrenaline is flowing) what.. Are you going to fight me?
Anyway, the police finally arrived – unbelievable they said they couldn't prove the dog was in distress and let the guy go…. I was also cautioned that before I break a window I have to have proof the dog was in immediate danger. Otherwise I can be sued by the owner of the vehicle. UGH.. seriously, how can I assess the condition of an animal that I know to be in an unsafe situation when I can only see it's little nose sticking out of a crack.
Sorry for the long post – this video below just got to me.
I'm a pretty nice person, and I hate having drama in my life… But so help me God…. I see you hurting an animal or putting them in danger and I will rain down on you with all the fire and brimson I can muster.
Oh and by the way, if you need to stop at Target – take your dog home first… and Target – why is it against your policy to page to customer who has left an animal in your parking lot in a dangerous situation? Damn.
A margarita followed shortly there after. whew!