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    I saw the show too but as I was in and out of the room I thought it was mentioned the car was left unlocked and I was incensed that anyone could come along and let them out. I am glad that was not the case. I really don't know what choice the cops had and I wonder if their actions re dogs would have been different on a hot day instead of a cool night.

    Didn't he walk home too over the road? I do realise there are time restraints re testing for drink driving, and rightly so and I wonder if it was day and hot whether the response re the dogs would have been different. Maybe keys given to a cop who would take them home, but who knows.

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm not sure of the comparison to dogs sitting in hot cars at shopping centers as I can't see that as anything but cruelty to an animal. And yes I know people do it, so to they do with their children. Neither of which are acceptable and furthermore, against the law. Just because a lot of people do it doesn't make it right. And yes I see the distinctions between a hot and cold car .. but safety and the general needs of 2 young pooches in an unattended vehicle still remain in question.

    I did point out that these were very young dogs, I think that is a very important point in context with the situation.

    I also at no point in time did or would condone people putting their dogs at risk by driving intoxicated. I was as much appalled by his behaviour - the issue I made wasn't so much about the driver as that is a whole other subject, it was in relation to the responsibilities of law or other officials in ensuring the welfare of animals - regardless of time frames associated with breath tests. I would have been happy to see him also in strife for putting the dogs at risk.

    I find it interesting to read in many posts about the extreme lengths many of us go to to assist a dog we think is in need. Whether it be wandering the street, locked in a car or barking for hours behind a fence - I wonder then what most people would have done if they found these 2 pups in a car in the middle of the night on the side of the road? Would we have thought it was ok and kept walking or done something about it? I will make a reasonable assumption and expect many of us would be concerned and would at least make a phone call? If we were told the dogs have to stay there would we walk away or still be concerned? I dunno? Only personal values would dictate this I guess.

    Finally I never applauded this loser, not for one second.

    And yeah, Di, loser in question returned and walked with his dogs unrestrained across a couple of lanes of traffic and went who knows where. I thought that was a bit ridiculous too!

    Thanks again for the cool discussion. I realise no one ever agrees all the time but it's good to chat it out to see how different people see things. I admittedly tend to over-worry about dogs sometimes so it's good to get different opinions.

    Cheers and best wishes, SH, Lola n Zep.

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    Interesting thread.

    I don't want to go of topic too much, but I am interested to know what people's thoughts are on dogs in cars?

    And also, the extent to which you do or would try to help out a dog that you believe has been abandoned or abused?

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    That's nice to know, I've unfortunately been victim of someone thinking they were doing the right thing by calling the RSPCA and reporting my 'abandoned' Newfie who was tied up sitting patiently on the footpath while I spent 5 minutes waiting to be served in a shop! City people! Probably thought my dog was a bear!

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