Animal Control Officer Breaks Dog Out of Hot Car at Washington Mall

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A Washington man is facing two misdemeanor charges after an animal control officer saved his dog by breaking it out of the vehicle he left it in before going to see a movie.

Photo© KREM

Animal Protection Operations Manager Nicole Montano said the officer should be commended for saving the life of a helpless animal.

“Animal Protection Officer Francie Rapier responded to a report of a dog in a Ford Explorer. When she arrived, she found a basset hound was locked inside and the four windows had been lowered about one-inch. While the outside temperature was 80-degrees, the initial temperature inside the vehicle had already climbed to 97-degrees and the dog was panting heavily,” Montano said in an interview with KREM.

“Officer Rapier made several attempts but was unable to unlock the vehicle and called the Spokane Valley Fire Department for assistance.  The fire department was also unsuccessful and APO Rapier made the decision to break the driver’s side wing window to free the dog.  By this time, the inside temperature was 114-degrees,” she added.

According to KREM, Justin D. Dalton has been cited for Unsafe Confinement and Animal Cruelty in the Second-Degree.  Dalton admited to Rapier that he was watching a movie with his son.

13 thoughts on “Animal Control Officer Breaks Dog Out of Hot Car at Washington Mall”

  1. Who does this sort of thing? What a genius! Soo glad the dog is safe, they should give it to better owners!

  2. I can’t understand people like this. Not only is it extremely dangerous to leave an animal in the car in hot weather, which has been well-publicized, but even in cooler temperatures you are risking loss of the dog to theft. Thank goodness for the officer who saved the dog!

  3. Watching a movie??? Leave the dog AT HOME!! What is wrong with people? Thank you Officer Francie Rapier! WELL DONE!

  4. Some people don’t give a crap if the pet lives or dies, I am a pet lover,So,I care very deeply…. I am very thankful that someone got the doggie out in time…. I do agree when watching a movie leave your furr babies at home… they get alot hotter than you do since they have furr coats,& they can’t remove them like we can if we wore a furr coat…


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