A motorist has been issued a notice – ‘owner in charge of animal failing to exercise care’ – after leaving a dog in a car for at least 10 minutes in Mullumbimby.
Police say that a about 9.30am on Sunday December 15 they were patrolling the Woolworths car park in Mullumbimby when they could hear a dog whimpering in the area.
Upon investigation, they found a vehicle which had a dog in distress inside.
Checks on the ambient temperature inside the vehicle showed it was 38.2 degrees.
Witnesses said that the owner of the vehicle had been absent for 10 minutes while the dog remained in the vehicle.
Police opened the vehicle and removed the dog.
The owners were located and issued an infringement for failing to exercise care of the dog.