From the Wareham Department of Natural Resources:
On Thursday, August 23rd at approximately 4:45pm a WarehamDNR Officer was dispatched by Wareham Police Department to the area of 15 Gault Road in a Shopping Plaze for two dogs left in a vehicle. Upon arrival the vehicle was observed with the windows opened approximately two inches. The reporting party/good samaritan advised the WDNR Officer that the dogs had been left in the car for approximately 40 minutes and that they had the owners paged inside the store.
An interior temperature was taken in the shaded areas of the car registering 96-97 degrees Fahrenheit and the surface temperature of the dogs registered at 100-101 degrees Fahrenheit. The officer was also able to feel the dogs from the gap in the window and were hot to the touch, observed panting heavily but not showing extreme signs of distress.
Shortly after the officer took temperature readings the owners returned to the vehicle.
Due to the conditions observed by the officer, the owner of the dogs was cited under MGL 148 sec. 174E, Animal in MV exposed to extreme heat for the maximum fine allowed, $150.00.
This is a very serious issue and we continue to see this same practice by pet owners no matter how much we try to push awareness. The Wareham Department of Natural Resources is committed to a zero tolerance policy for animals left in vehicles under these conditions and you will be held accountable for your actions.