A woman left her Rottweiler in her car for five hours while she was visiting a friend at the Gwinnett County jail. By the time sheriff's deputies were alerted to the dog's plight, it was too late. The animal died at the scene after a harrowing rescue effort.
"We tried CPR on the dog, but he was already gone," said Police Office Jana Perez.
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Connie Wright Gomez has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Gomez went to the jail as a “court visitor” around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, leaving her dog, Rambo, in her car, she told deputies. The car’s windows had been open about an inch.
Around 6:30 p.m., deputies heard Gomez mention she had left her dog in the car. One of the deputies went with Gomez to the car to check on the dog because the weather had been warm all day, with a high temperature of 82 degrees. When they arrived at the car, Rambo was dead.
When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172 degrees, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gomez was arrested and booked into jail. She is being held on a $16,700 bond.
Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway expressed dismay at the case. Conway began the Operation Second Chance “jail dogs” program, which matches jail inmates with adoptable dogs and cats. The inmates train and socialize the animals.
“I hope this poor dog’s horrific death reminds pet owners to make responsible choices for their pets,” Conway said.
Did you know that the leading cause of death among canines in the summer months is heat exhaustion? Dogs are not able to regulate their internal body temperature like human beings. They don't sweat and their metabolism doesn't vary as much. Consequently, what might just be uncomfortable for a person is literally cooking a dog's internal organs. Even five minutes can be enough to cause permanent brain damage.
Will you leave your dog in a hot parked car this summer?