Chihuahua Dies in Hot Car; Michigan Man Arrested

By Kathy Banks
|  Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010  |  Updated 6:34 AM EDT
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Chihuahua Dies in Hot Car; Michigan Man Arrested

Washington Humane Society

Kenneth Reiff

A tourist from Michigan was arrested in D.C. Monday and charged with animal cruelty.

Police said Kenneth Reiff left two dogs locked inside a hot minivan for hours while he and his daughter toured the U.S. Holocaust Museum
 
An 8-year-old Chihuahua named Rosie was found dead. Pebbles, a 15-year-old Beagle, was suffering from heat stress but survived.
 
“It has been a very hot summer, and we have had too many dogs die because their owners are irresponsible. Pet owners need to know it is a crime to leave your dog inside a hot car,” said Scott Giacoppo of the Washington Humane Society.
 
Giacoppo said his humane officers have seen more dogs in distress in hot cars this summer than in summers past, especially dogs from out of town.

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