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Owner Of Arizona-Based Harkins Theatres Cited For Leaving Dog In Hot Car

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By Tim Vetscher for

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Scottsdale police issued a citation for animal neglect to the owner of Harkins Theatres over the weekend after they say he left his dog in a hot car for more than an hour.

An officer cited Dan Harkins, 57, with animal neglect after police say he left his female dog named Tanga in a car in triple digit heat.

Scottsdale police received a call Saturday night at the Harkins Theater located at Scottsdale Road and Shea after someone spotted the Corgi in the front seat of a BMW.

“The way the dog was lying there, I thought it was either sick or dead,” said Donna Yuritic, who first spotted the unattened dog and notified police.

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12 years ago

Sadly, this kind of incident happens all the time. Every year, dogs die after being intentionally locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands. These deaths are entirely preventable.

When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can rocket to 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked.

A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before suffering organ failure, brain and nerve damage — or even death.

The My Dog is Cool Campaign operated by United Animal Nations lets people know that leaving a dog in a car for even “just a few minutes” may be too long.

To order or download educational fliers and posters, or to enter your zip code and find out if it is too hot to bring your dog in the car, visit:


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