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Dead dog found in hot car in Durham

Posted June 7, 2008

— Tests are being run to see if a dog found dead inside a van on the campus of North Carolina Central University on Saturday died from the heat, animal control officials said Saturday.

Durham County Animal Control Lt. Melinda Duarte said animal cruelty charges are pending the outcome of the results, which may take a few days.

The dog’s owners are from Tennessee.

A passer-by notified animal control about the dog – a daschund – shortly before noon.

The van’s windows were not cracked, Duarte said. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warns.

Temperatures on Saturday neared 100 degrees.

The ASPCA suggests never leaving a pet alone in a vehicle because hyperthermia can be fatal. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.


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  • wonderif Jun 12, 2008

    how about an update?

  • raysson Jun 10, 2008

    It can happen. And we got some irresponsible owners who leave their pets in cars on a hot day with the windows rolled up for no apparent reason. Thinking about the yourself before the dog?
    How pathetic you are a pet owner. Shame!!!!

  • Alert5 Jun 10, 2008


    Excellent comment!

  • Lissa13082 Jun 10, 2008

    I agree with you Alert5. This story is very relevant. It's not just the fact that this dog died, it's more to raise awareness that this DOES happen and no one is exempt from it and to take care of your pets in this heat. People tend to forget about these poor animals who cannot cool off for themselves if they get to hot in a car unlike us who can get out or crack a window. If you don't like this story being posted, Tarheel, don't read it or the comments, no one is forcing you, just ignore it if you don't care for it. I think it SHOULD be posted to help people realize that things like this will happen if you aren't careful in this heat!

  • Alert5 Jun 9, 2008

    Tarheel born

    I understand your concern, but anything that can emphasize thjis poor animal's situation may save another.

  • Tarheel born Jun 9, 2008

    PLEASE, PLEASE WRAL, PLEASE take this story off of GOLO. All the issues have been stated and restated and restated again. And I know the editors have had a blast reading all the verbal sparring going on. But really, it's time to move on until the findings are in on what this poor animal's demise was. PLEASE.

  • NCMOMof3 Jun 9, 2008

    what else would have killed the dog if not the heat? Come on, even if the dog had passed away, you wouldn't leave a dead body in a car in this kind of heat. Not if you want to get back into the car. There is no excuse. Everyone knows what happens when you leave a living thing inside of a car on a hot day.

  • SuperNupe Jun 9, 2008

    so sad... I love my dachsund...

  • Kris0805 Jun 9, 2008

    This hurts my heart.

  • dh1964 Jun 9, 2008

    "OK, how do you know this was a one-time incident?"

    Because you can only kill the poor dog once?