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Woman Cited After Allegedly Leaving Dog in Hot Car

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A woman in Springfield was cited for animal neglect, after police said she left her dog in a hot car for hours.

The Springfield Police Department said during the summer months, they receive calls about animals being left inside of cars multiple times a day.

29-year-old Samantha Meyer was cited for animal neglect on Friday. Police said she left her dog, named Lucky, inside her parked car for hours.

Officers said it happened in the Gateway Mall area. They first got a call about Lucky at around 12:30 p.m. and said the Terrier Mix didn’t appear to be in distress.

Nearly three hours later, police received another call. This time, they said Lucky was extremely lethargic. Animal Control used an infrared thermometer and said the dog’s skin temperature was measured between 115 and 117 degrees.

Sergeant Keith Seanor said there was food and water in the vehicle, but said that wouldn’t be sufficient in reducing the dog’s body temperature. He also said the windows were partially lowered, but said that wouldn’t provide enough air circulation for the dog.

Police said Animal Control was about to force entry into the vehicle, when they were approached by Meyer. Lucky was immediately taken into an air conditioned kennel of the animal control vehicle and shortly resumed normal behavior.

Lucky was then released to one of Meyer’s associates.

Sergeant Seanor said to leave your dogs at home during the summer months, to keep them safe and cool.

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