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    Default Leaving Dogs Unattended in a Parked Vehicle

    My question involves an 8.1.8 citation (Animals) from the City of Roswell. GA

    I received a citation for leaving my three tiny dogs ( each weighs 6-8 Lb.) in the car for 21 minutes. The car was parked in the shade with moon-roof and windows slightly open. The outside temperature was 92 degrees.

    After about 20 minutes I got a call from the police and I rushed to the car. The car inside was still cool but the officer issued a citation.

    Is there a way to fight this citation?

    If so, How?

    Thanks, - VH

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    Quote Quoting VAWAhorrors
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    Is there a way to fight this citation?
    No.

    Pay it and never leave your dogs in the car unattended for even a minute.

    You only got back to the car in 20 minutes because you were called out by the police.

    You could easily have been gone 30 or 40 minutes and they could have been dead.

    The whole idea of citations is to teach people like you not to mistreat their pets.

    My sympathy is for the dogs, not you.

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    Default Re: Leaving Dogs in a Parked Vehicle

    This is a criminal offense, not a civil infraction. You should talk to a criminal defense lawyer.
    Quote Quoting Roswell Code of Ordinances, Sec. 8.1.8 - Cruelty to Animals
    It shall be unlawful for any person to tease, molest, bait, poison or in any way bother any animal. Any person who inflicts unnecessary cruelty upon any animal, or tortures, torments, deprives of necessary food, drink, shelter and protection from the weather shall be in violation of this article and punished as provided in section 8.1.26.
    Quote Quoting Roswell Code of Ordinances, Sec. 8.1.26 - Penalties for Violation of Article.
    (a) [B

    Any person who violates the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of up to $500.00 and/or imprisonment in jail for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days, or both.[/B] Each and every violation of the provisions of this article constitutes a separate offense.

    (b) Any person who violates the provisions of this article as it pertains to a potentially dangerous dog will be fined not less than $150.00 for a second conviction, and not less than $300.00 for a third conviction.

    (c) Any person who violates the provisions of this article as it pertains to a dangerous dog shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and will be fined not less than $500.00 for a second conviction, and not less than $750.00 for a third conviction.

    (d) If the owner of a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog fails to comply with section 8.1.22 of this article and his/her dog attacks or bites a human, he/she shall be subject to penalties as provided by state law.

    (e) If the owner of a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog knowingly and willfully fails to comply with section 8.1.22 of this article and his/her dog aggressively attacks and causes severe injury to or the death of a human, he/she shall be subject to penalties as provided by state law.

    (f) In addition to subsections (d) and (e) of this section, the animal control officer shall immediately confiscate the dog and place it in quarantine for a period of time as provided by the health department and thereafter such animal shall be humanely destroyed.

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    Default Re: Leaving Dogs Unattended in a Parked Vehicle

    The police should have placed you in the car for 21 minutes the same way you left the dogs there. The car would not have been running and you could have seen uncomfortable it would have been. 92 degrees outside? And you really think the car was "cool"?

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    Remember, unless they were sitting there when you arrived, neither the police nor the bystander who reported it to the police have a way to know how long the dogs were in the car. You say 20 minutes. Ever see My Cousin Vinny? Know how long it takes water to soak into a grit? See my point?

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    Default Re: Leaving Dogs Unattended in a Parked Vehicle

    ummmmmm what exactly do you mean by the police called you?

    It sounds like someone came across your car, saw these dogs in there, called the police, the police showed up, ran your plates, got your information, and called you. That really only took 21 minutes?

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    ummmmmm what exactly do you mean by the police called you?

    It sounds like someone came across your car, saw these dogs in there, called the police, the police showed up, ran your plates, got your information, and called you. That really only took 21 minutes?
    Could have been a slow day at the police station.


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    Could have been a slow day at the police station.

    Roswell PD has been busy with these calls. They had 2 at once the other day. They measured the temperature in one of the cars, when it was in the mid-90's outside, at almost 150 degrees.

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    Default Re: Leaving Dogs Unattended in a Parked Vehicle

    Nothing for the OP to do but pay the fine and be glad that the police took the time to notify them after running the plates. Out here in Arizona, the police WILL BREAK WINDOWS if necessary when responding to calls of animals locked in vehicles. If they have to break the windows, you're going to jail and will face misdemeanor charges with the possibility of jail time-no probably about it. We have problems getting visitors to understand just how dangerous the heat is to our animal family members.

    At least one of southern Arizona's premier attractions is very blunt about this issue. The first thing that visitors to the Pima Air and Space Museum see upon entering the parking lot is a large sign. That sign informs them that leaving animals in a parked vehicle is: a) virtually a death sentence for the animal; b) that it is criminal neglect and will be reported to law enforcement; and c) that animals in carriers or leashed are permitted on museum grounds.

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    Default Re: Leaving Dogs Unattended in a Parked Vehicle

    Roswell PD rescued another one the other day.

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