Report of Dogs Left in Car at YMCA

Though not illegal in itself, pet owners can be charged with animal cruelty if they leave a dog in a car in dangerous conditions.


New Canaan police on Feb. 21 received a report that two dogs had been left in a car at the New Canaan Y parking lot, but the vehicle was gone by the time they arrived.

The 11:58 a.m. call prompted police to respond, though technically it’s not illegal to leave dogs in a car in Connecticut, according to Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt of the New Canaan Police Department.

When officers respond to a report of dogs in a car, they arrive to make sure the animals are in good condition, then recheck about 15 minutes later.

“In temperatures like this it’s not an immediate problem,” Kleinschmitt said. “When temperatures are higher then it’s a problem. If the dog is panting, then I’m staing at that car until the owner shows up. If the dog appears to be in danger, then the police show up, break the window to get in and I take the dog to a vet. The owner will be charged with cruelty [to animals].”

Dave March 03, 2013 at 01:06 PM
I strongly agree that if dogs are left in harmfull weather conditions to where the pet is in trouble that pet owner should be fined , all though I be leave that people should mind to there own lives and be for calling animal contral use there heads , if your not a per owner or never owned a pet you have NO clue what a dog cat can bear in cold or warm weather
MC March 03, 2013 at 01:32 PM
So the media reports elaborately about dogs in overheated cars, and then someone's takeaway is "dogs in cars = bad", then they call the police when a law-abiding citizen takes their dogs for a ride in a perfectly safe manner. This is exactly why our country is spinning out of control. Emotional manipulation of the low-information voter.
Craig March 03, 2013 at 01:35 PM
so what was the alleged problem leaving a dog in a car yesterday? people ought to mind their own business. 90 degrees in august is one thing but lets find something else to meddle in March.
cindyb March 03, 2013 at 01:55 PM
this is ridiculous....dogs love to go in the car, I know a dog who loves the car so much he thinks it's his dog house. some of the "news stories" are pathetic
Glen K Dunbar March 03, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I agree Craig. It was not bitter cold or extreme heat. What is the problem??
joe March 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
this is news? 3 dogs were left in a warm car in March?? For a few minutes. Really? The earth shoe wearing, channel 13 handbag carrying obama loving tree hugger that called the police should be spanked!
Holley Wright March 03, 2013 at 04:02 PM
well said, the dogs were in danger whatsoever...it's unfortunate that our police had to waste their time...
Holley Wright March 03, 2013 at 04:07 PM
With these calls coming in more frequently (Stamford police were called on us for our Lab who was sitting in the car while we got chinese food, it was about 50 degrees, meanwhile she sits out side on her lead in the winter, loves it, doesn't want to come in) maybe the police need some protocol say, if it's between 30' and 65', they won't respond. If citizens can't no understanding of canine habits, I guess the poliice must!
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM
@"Binky": Fair warning to you that future installments of "New Canaan Animal Reports" will include information on dogs that were lost and found, as well as ticketing of dog owners at Spencer's Run in Waveny. Just want to be sure I'm doing my due diligence here, as I wouldn't want you exposed to pathetic news stories. Thanks for reading. -Mike
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J.James March 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM
So, in essence what you're trying to communicate to everyone is that those crazy, liberal, democrats who voted Obama into office should feel stupid for caring about the welfare of domestic animals. As a registered voter for, I assume, the Republican party, are you speaking for the entire constituency in stating that the health and safety of animals isn't worthy of your concern? Is it so unbelievable that one of your fellow Romney supporters is capable of having love for animals? Is it a little over the top to call the cops on someone for leaving their dog in the car during mild weather for a brief stint? Yes, I agree with you that it is. However, as I have said before to numerous other people, it is exactly that condescending, patronizing, uniquely Republican approach to conversation that got Obama elected twice. To flat out assume that the person who called the police is liberal, or democrat, or anything else for that matter, makes your point uninformed, and invalid. There's a fairly large cross section of conservative Republicans in this town, and I would be extremely surprised if not a single one of them owned a pet, or harbored concern for the well-being of others' pets. If you simply cannot engage in a conversation without working in a political agenda, then it's quite clear that your outward personality has no depth beyond what ballot box you check off.
Jon S. March 03, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Did anyone even read this story? It didn’t happen yesterday, in warm, balmy March weather. Look at the first sentence — this happened back on February 21. The weather that day ranged from 23 to 32 degrees.
G. Eastman March 03, 2013 at 11:06 PM
That's pretty darn cold.
Patrick Henry March 04, 2013 at 12:42 AM
But Binky...your comment seems to contradict your stance. Please see comment on an earlier, similar story: Binky Warren 7:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2012 I wonder if he has ever been locked in a car for 30 mins. with the windows cracked for nearly an hour....wearing a fur coat. Idiot he shouldn't have pets if he doesn't know how to care for them properly. It was pretty cold on Feb. 21. So maybe this story has some legs after all?
Esprit de Corps March 04, 2013 at 09:36 AM
"How cold was it?" "It was so cold, the politicians had their hands in their own pockets."
Glen K Dunbar March 04, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I like that Corps. yea, all Polititians are lucky and were born w/silver spoons in their mouth. Nice to be rich. Of course EVERYONE is richer and happier than Woeful Glen. Not that I am complaining or anything. I was born to be a stooge I guess I will be a follower and never a leader forever. As for this story. OK, I stand corrected. Maybe the Police should have been called. Why did the owner bring the dogs out if it was so cold. Leave them home where it is nice and toasty warm. Even if I knew how to bring my dogs out (which I do NOT ummm) I would not bring out my Tessa or Bubbles in the bitter cold As for the cold. Yes. I blame the weather man fully and the NWS
NCrez March 04, 2013 at 09:18 PM


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