SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A local woman was charged on Wednesday with confinement in an unsafe manner for leaving her dog locked in her vehicle while she went shopping in Spokane Valley according to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, or SCRAPS.
Candace Bundrock-Brando, 56, was charged after her dog, Gracie, was found by a SCRAPS official responding to a call from nearby customers.
Confinement in an unsafe manner is a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
A SCRAPS official said she responded to a call for help from customers regarding a dog left in a vehicle unattended. She noticed upon arrival that the driver- and passenger-side windows were cracked about two inches and it was 85 degrees outside. A SCRAPS official said the temperature inside the vehicle ranged from 109 to 117 degrees. The SCRAPS officials said the dog was panting excessively, a sign of heat stress.
The officials said she was able to get the driver-side door unlocked and remove the dog. She said she put the dog in her air-conditioned vehicle and gave her water. The dog was taken to SCRAPS for safe keeping until the owner was located.
SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill wants to remind the public to "never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time during warm weather. Warm weather can literally be a killer for a dog left inside a car. If you see a pet left in a vehicle during warm weather please contact SCRAPS immediately."