Women Who Left her Dog in a Car at Animal Kingdom will not be Arrested

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If you have been to Florida, you know how hot it can get here. I live in Florida and I am shocked that every year we still have people who leave kids and animals in their car. In late June, on yet another hot and humid Florida day, Shawanda Pierce, owner of a Nissan Altima, left her adorable little mix Maltese dog in her car while she went in to enjoy the day at Animal Kingdom.

The windows were open a few inches. The estimated temp in the car was over 100 degrees. No one saw the dog’s owner return to the car to check on it. There were food and water bowls but they slid under the seat.

Disney security called Police. When they got there the dog was unable to stand and looked to be in distress. The dog was already in the car for hours by the time they got there. They removed the dog from the car and Animal Services stayed there until an hour after the park closed, waiting for the owner. The dog was impounded at the shelter but was picked up 2 days later by the owner.

Shockingly, she was not arrested but she was given a fine of $265  for animal neglect.

Please do not do this to your pets! For those you of you that don’t know, Disney has a pet care center. Best Friends Pet care is an amazing 17,000 sq foot facility, It is air-conditioned and has 10,000 sq feet of covered outdoor runs and pet play areas. All the employees are highly trained in pet care. They offer overnight luxury accommodations, day care, various activities, and a grooming salon. Keep in mind you do have to prove that your pets are up to date with their shots. Call (877) 4 WDW-PETS or (877) 493-9738 for more info.

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