Mon., July 9, 2012 11:20am (EDT)

Saving Pets From Hot Cars
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

AUGUSTA  —  
Animal control officials in Augusta are seeking authorization to enter locked vehicles when a trapped animal's life is in danger.   Augusta's animal control department encounters such a situation about once a month when responding to animal calls.( photo courtesey of tar0 via flikr)
Animal control officials in Augusta are seeking authorization to enter locked vehicles when a trapped animal's life is in danger. Augusta's animal control department encounters such a situation about once a month when responding to animal calls.( photo courtesey of tar0 via flikr)
Animal control officials in Augusta are seeking authorization to enter locked vehicles when a trapped animal's life is in danger.

Augusta's animal control department encounters such a situation about once a month when responding to animal calls.

Officer Ben Reyes said last month that he found two puppies locked in a hot car in Augusta Mall's parking lot. The owners showed up in time and were cited for cruelty, but Reyes said sometimes Animal Control can't get a sheriff's deputy to open the vehicle soon enough.