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Runner reportedly leaves dogs in car during race

Animals apparently unharmed; Humane Society officer issues warning rather than citation.

June 15. 2013 11:24PM

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WILKES-BARRE — An East Stroudsburg woman apparently thought it would be OK to leave two dogs in the car while she ran a 5-kilometer race Saturday.

The runner returned around 11:30 a.m. to find Humane Society police officer Carol Morrison and Wilkes-Barre policeman Stanley Wychock blocking in her car in the Kirby Park parking lot.

The car was parked in the shade with four windows cracked about an inch.

The officers did not issue a citation Saturday.

The officers could not release the runner’s name, and she was not willing to share it.

An observer noticed the dog around 9:15 a.m. at Kirby Park during the Purple Stride race to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which started at 8 a.m.

The runner said when she got to the race registration table that morning, she was told dogs were not allowed on the course.

Morrison told the runner that she needed to take the dogs, a Golden Retriever and what looked like a Pomeranian mix, for a walk and let them cool off.

It doesn’t take long for a car to get hot inside, and temperatures could possibly reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit even in the shade, Morrison said.

She slid her fingers through the empty car window and said, “See, I can feel the heat right now.”

Morrison did not file a summary citation, saying a stern reprimand might be more effective.

The dogs were panting and looked fatigued, but they were not going through heat stroke or other serious symptoms of heat exposure, she said.

This is the second neglect case Morrison has followed up on this year, she said.

The first was for a Mohegan Sun Casino patron who left a dog in the car while gambling.

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