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Owner Of Arizona-Based Harkins Theatres Apologizes & Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is

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By Tim Vetscher for

Last week, Scottsdale police issued a citation for animal neglect to Dan Harkins, owner of Harkins Theatres after he left his dog in a hot car for more than an hour in triple digit heat.

Below is his apology. Let’s hope he is committed to doing the right things for dogs.

— Kenn Bell

A couple of days ago I had a regrettable lapse in judgment and made two inexcusable decisions involving my dog and best friend, Tanga. For this, I am truly sorry.

I apologize to everyone and especially to those who have rightfully criticized my actions. There is no excuse for parking in a handicapped space and no circumstance that justifies leaving an animal in a car, especially in Arizona. I promise you, this will never happen again.

As an animal lover who has consistently committed time and resources to animal welfare my entire life, this situation has proven to me that even the most dedicated of animal lovers can misjudge a situation involving a pet.

But I know apologies are not enough. This lesson also gives me an opportunity to raise further awareness about animal protection, and I am committed to immediately put my words into action.

I have already begun working with Arizona Animal Welfare League, the Arizona Humane Society and other animal welfare organizations to collaborate on a new campaign to communicate this message to as many people as possible. I have started with a commitment of $200,000 in funding toward this new effort.

In the coming weeks you will see this begin with public-service announcements in all Harkins Theatres, a sponsorship of the Humane Society’s Pet Telethon and other community initiatives.

As I begin making amends, I thank you for allowing me this forum to express my deep regret and hope that you will accept my apologies.

– Dan Harkins, Scottsdale

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