I live about 10-15 miles from two large casinos in CT. The parking lots are constantly patrolled because people (gamblers) leave their kids in the car, or abandon them at the local McDonald's Playlands. We're talking < 4 years olds.
I couldn't look at the link, because I could already imagine :'( It is very sad & invokes anger that strips away any of my compassion or ability to understand, hear excuses, or otherwise wish nothing but the stiffest of penalties & fines on inexcusable choices!
I have a reaction that will probably be unpopular. I am very, very sad at this. But I also feel a bit more charitable toward the owners since I think it's just possible if it was very sunny out (but not very hot) and the owners were young and inexperienced that they truly did not realize how hot it could get inside the car. Direct sunlight can heat up a car even on a day that doesn't feel particularly hot outside, so if you somehow managed to get through to young adulthood having missed all the publicity about not doing this with pets and children, it might be possible to make a mistake.
Maybe ignorance is just easier for me to think about than coldhearted selfishness toward a helpless animal.
You are, indeed, very charitable, sarahaf. I find it difficult to forgive that kind of selfishness or stupidity (whichever it is). Why couldn't the pup's owner just leave him at home that day? Why couldn't Casey Anthony just leave Caylee with her parents?
This makes the story worse, really, but in follow-up, it was found that the owner of the dog and car had paid for up to 2 hours of parking time, so it wasn't just a "I got really distracted and ended up spending 3 hours inside instead of 2 minutes," kind of thing, but an intentional, "Yes, I'm going to spend at least 2 hours here and leave my puppy in a car in the direct sunlight, leave the sunroof cracked open, and hope for the best."
Perhaps it was ignorance, perhaps it was stupidity, perhaps it was selfishness. Whatever it was, an innocent puppy died a horrible death, and I do hope that person thinks very long and very hard about whether they should own another dog. Neither of those three reasons are good excuses, in my opinion. Frankly, there IS no good excuse for something like this, regardless of whether or not the dog survives. You buy or rescue a dog, you're taking a responsibility for their life, and there is simply no room for ignorance about something as basic as this.
People should have to take tests before they have pets. I feel so bad for the poor pup that trusted that person to take care of it and love it as family and they just do that. I feel that people deserve bad things many times but an animal never does anything to deserve what it goes through. So horrible and I hope they bring the owner to justice some how even though it won't bring the puppy back. Rest in peace young baby. I am so sorry that you didn't have the home you deserved.