I applaud Joanne Ometz’s letter in the June 22 Xpress [“Think About Dogs’ Needs in Hot Weather”]. There can be great danger for dogs left in cars in the summer, especially if the car is not in the shade and if there is not adequate ventilation.
However, not every dog left in a car constitutes an emergency. I urge readers to use some discretion and not revert to a knee-jerk reaction of calling Animal Control every time they see a dog in a car. Many people understand that their dog’s quality of life is enhanced by bringing their dog with them.
DNA analysis has shown that all modern dogs are descended from the gray wolf. Dogs need exercise and travel and social interactions with other dogs every day, and solitary confinement is as harmful to them as it is to humans. Most dog owners bring their dogs not because of their need to have the dog with them, but because of the dog’s need and very eager desire to come and not be abandoned at home.
Furthermore, my personal experience with Asheville’s animal control department has made me feel that it is a predatory revenue operation, obsessed with writing tickets whether there is any real problem for the dog or not. You may be doing a disservice to the dog if it is not in any real stress and your call to Animal Control discourages the owner from bringing her dog along.
I welcome comments from readers at 242-6073.
— Rusty Sivils