By Gary Bogue
Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 7:03 am in Hot Cars.
Kind of a shocker to read this story in your morning Times:
RICHMOND, Va. —A prosecutor says no charges are planned against an executive for an anti-animal cruelty group whose 16-year-old blind and deaf dog died after accidentally being left in a hot car for four hours.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland said Wednesday charges are not planned against Robin Starr, CEO for the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Starr says she didn’t realize “Louie” was in the car until noon. Starr’s husband, Ed, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he put the dog in her car’s cargo area as she got ready for work Aug. 19 but forgot to tell her. She often took the dog to work with her. Robin Starr took the dog to two clinics, but he died of kidney failure.
The National Weather Service says the temperature had reached 91 degrees by noon that day.
The board of the SPCA says it still supports Starr, who has been CEO since 1997 and does not plan to resign. *** end of Associated Press Story ***
I’m curious. If this had happened to a plain old local resident and not the CEO of the local SPCA … do you think the local prosecutor have handled it any differently?
SHOULD the prosecutor have handled it any differently?
Accidents like this can happen to anyone. Should you be punished maybe with charges of animal cruelty for accidentally causing the death of a dog by leaving it in a hot car? Or is the loss of your beloved pet punishment enough?
What do you think? /Gary