By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 26, 2018
LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Less than a week into the official start of summer, a Lowndes County man has been charged with leaving dogs in a hot vehicle.
Lowndes County officials said Daniel Brown had nine dogs in a three-compartment kennel sitting in the back of his pickup truck while he was eating at a restaurant in the south side of the county. Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk said some of the dogs did not have water.
Paulk said this is the first person in Lowndes County to be charged for something like this so far this year, but he may not be the last. Dogs being left in hot cars is a problem the county faces every year.
According to the Department of Earth and Climate Science at San Francisco State University, in the summer heat it only takes half an hour for the temperature inside your car to rise more than 30 degrees.
Both city and county officials say if you see an animal in a hot car or otherwise in distress because of the heat, call 911. County officials said calls are already coming in for authorities to check on the welfare of local pets.
"We've had our animal service officers out throughout the community. People have called in to report pets that did not have proper shelter, they didn't have proper water. Water is something that can significantly impact a pet's life that's left outside," said Paige Dukes, the Public Information Officer for Lowndes County.
Officials say this time of year, leave pets at home unless it's absolutely necessary.
It's also important to note the same applies to outside animals. Officials say a dog house just isn't enough in these temperatures and that dogs need shade and a lot of clean water.