Woodside: Report says dog in distress rescued by passersby and deputy

Passersby and a deputy from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office rescued a Husky dog from heatstroke in Woodside over the weekend, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

A woman called to report a Husky in distress inside a vehicle parked in front of Bucks restaurant on Saturday afternoon, July 26, deputies said.

Arriving on the scene, the deputy, who happened to have had training in handling such situations, said the dog was panting heavily and that his tongue was bright red, signs of the beginning stages of heatstroke, according to the report.

The rear windows had been lowered by about three inches on both sides, but there was no water inside for the dog, deputies said. The inside temperature of a parked vehicle can reach 120 degrees to 160 degrees on a hot day, deputies said. Even vehicles parked in the shade can become unbearable.

The owner could not be found, so the deputy unlocked the vehicle and released the dog. Bystanders offered the dog two bowls of water, both of which the dog drank completely, deputies said.

As the deputy was photographing the vehicle, the owner of the dog and the vehicle walked up. He contested the idea that his dog had been in danger and demanded a temperature reading be taken inside the vehicle, deputies said.

The man was issued a citation "based on the fact that the Husky had been in heatstroke from the extreme temperature of the vehicle," deputies said.


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Posted by cc
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jul 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Thank you to all the folks that helped the husky dog....I think the dog owner needs an attitude adjustment....maybe put them in the hot car with no water! Very very sad.....

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Posted by Katie
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 30, 2014 at 12:33 pm

CC: You have got it right. Only throw away the key and let them sit and sweat in a hot car. If you care that much about your pets don't have any.

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Posted by Dude
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Owner's response: Blame the messenger. Don't take responsibility. Demand a temperature reading. Hmmmmmmm . . .

Perhaps this dog owner shouldn't have a dog . . . ?

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Posted by JulieToo
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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The dog owner is lucky he just got a citation. He could have been arrested. There are new laws regarding cruelty to animals.

There is a hotline number people can call if they are witness to animal cruelty.

Contact The Peninsula Humane Society to get that number. I don't have it handy right now or I would post it.

Thank goodness for the caring people who saved the dog from more suffering and potential death from dehydration.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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Good attitude of the owner. Be hostile to law enforcement and see what happens. Dumb, dumb, dumb. He should have been in the back seat of the police car for a while with no windows and, gasp, gasp no air conditioning!!

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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From the Peninsula Humane Society website (Web Link):

Responding to reports of animal cruelty is vital work, performed at PHS/SPCA by highly trained investigators. In cases involving unintentional neglect, we generally make education-only, welfare visits. However, we can and do remove animals from harm’s way when abuse is clear and intentional, then work with our District Attorney’s Office which prosecutes violators.

If you think an animal is being abused in San Mateo County, please call 650/340-7022, ext. 601 or contact us by email at: Contacts are reviewed the day we receive them and investigated as soon as possible. Anonymous contacts are not preferred, since we cannot respond with the outcome or call for clarification.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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This dog owner is clearly yet another entitled jack ass. He doesn't deserve to have a creature as noble as a dog. I hope they throw the book at the jerk. It's too bad the deputy didn't put him in the back seat of his car for a while so he could experience what his poor dog did. A Husky is a cold weather dog, they don't tolerate heat well.

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