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carol j scafuro June 27, 2014 at 11:51 PM
The points Mr. Adams brings to our attention has, with the rare exception, been my experience andRead Moreth at of those I collaborate with in trying to raise awareness in respect of the dangers of leaving dogs unattended in vehicles in the warmer months. I have been involved in a grass roots campaign to get permanent signage posted on main streets and parking lots in Vermont towns alerting the general public that it is against the law in Vermont to put your animal at risk in this manner. The experience of our group has been generally positive in respect to public response and acknowledgement of the dangers dogs left unattended are up against. However, as Mr. Adams states, the weak link is in the enforcement of this law. I simply cannot wrap my mind around what the "down side" to enforcement of a law which protects a living being could be. Perhaps I think in too simple of terms, but enforcement of this vital law can only be a "win - win" outcome. First and foremost for the animal, also it's owner and anyone responsible for preventing a potentially devastating outcome. Is it some level of politics which prevents a person in a position to enforce a law from doing so? No doubt, as Mr. Adams points out, a dog, a car, a car window, are all someone's personal property..but is this a reason not to take action in the best interest of the living being? And then there is the question Adam's poses in respect to the large animal welfare organizations and Veterinary Assoc. Again, what could possibly be the down side to taking a stand in respect to this issue and giving the public permission to take this as seriously as it truly truly is...and start demanding that those in a position to command respect, educate, , and enforce, take action. There IS the science to back up all of what Adams states in respect to the phisiology of the dog and how its system breaks down under the stress of overheating.
BackBayBoy May 27, 2014 at 08:36 PM
This is a very valuable article, shedding truth on the real cause of the recent increase ofRead Moresuicides in the military. Thank you Back Bay Patch and also thank you Citizens Commission on Human Rights for making us aware of this!
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