Mary-Louise Raver blames Pinellas County Animal Services for her dog’s death.
Jasper, a Lhasa Apso, was nicknamed Houdini because he could wiggle out of his harness. Last week, he did it again.
Raver drove around for 45 minutes to find her missing dog without any luck. She found out that Pinellas County Animal Services had picked him up at 11 that morning. When Raver went to pick up Jasper at 5pm that same day, she said that workers were just taking him out of the truck. She said that Jasper looked overheated and tired. Animal Services told her that Jasper had been in the truck for 6 hours.
The next day Jasper got worse. Raver rushed him to the vet, and the vet said that Jasper suffered from heatstroke. She said that her dog was suffering so much that she had to put him down. She blames Animal Services for Jasper’s death.
From My Fox Tampa Bay:
Pinellas County Animal Services say that it’s not uncommon to leave pets in the truck all day. They say it is not cost effective for them to travel back and forth because of high gas prices and travel times.
Animal Services said they also train their officers to recognize if a pet is distressed.
“We’re all sensitive to that, and we want to make sure they don’t overheat. Gosh, this is the first problem we’ve had,” said Dr. Welch Agnew.
Their trucks also have ventilator fans and small windows to cool the animals.
Animal Services tell us with the circulation, their trucks stay only at hot as the outside temperature. But the temperatures don’t dramatically rise like many of our cars.
Jasper’s owners don’t believe it. They say Animal Services is always warning people not to leave dogs in cars and they didn’t follow their own advice.
They’re asking Animal Services to reimburse them for their vet costs and the price of Jasper. He was a pedigree and cost $600.
They have filed a formal complaint and Animal Services is looking into it.