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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:20am

Saving Pets From Hot Cars

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.