The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/20/20)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:   Cloudy this morning. Thunderstorms – a few could contain very heavy rain, especially this afternoon. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. Chance of rain 90%. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected.  High of 83.  “D”

Partly cloudy skies. High of 85.  “A”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.

Hate having to blog this every year.

But it’s happening already.

This week a Pennsylvania couple was arrested for leaving a dog in a hot car at a Home Depot parking lot in the town of Allegany. According to authorities 74-year-old Lynn Goodwill and 81-year-old Darell Goodwill of Smethport, Pa. left their Cocker Spaniel in their pickup truck without it running, and no windows open. The temperature outside was above 90 degrees.

Sheriff’s deputies and the local police were able to rescue the dog after 15 minutes.  A bystander was able to provide the dog with water and shade.

Both owners were charged with animal neglect, and were arrested and will have to appear in court. They’re 74 and 81 years old and should know better?

And a Michigan woman was cited for cruelty to animals after two dogs were spotted locked in a hot car. A Mt. Pleasant Public Safety Officer arrived on the scene at a Meijer parking lot and found a vehicle parked in an unshaded area, on an 80-degree day. The officer said there were two small dogs inside, and both were heavily panting and barking aggressively as the officer got closer. Another officer arrived and was able to check the interior temperature of the vehicle, getting results of 107 and 108 degrees, according to the police report.

One of the officers then went into the store and had the owner of the vehicle paged several times. The vehicle owner was found, and when brought to the car, officers said she indicated she did not believe it was hot inside the vehicle. She also told officers she had not been inside more than 30 minutes, where officers believed it to be over that time frame based on the time of the call and information from a witness.

Officers said the owner of the vehicle started the AC, insisting it was not that hot in the vehicle, despite officers showing her a thermometer showing read-outs of 107 and 108 degrees. The vehicle owner was cited for cruelty to animals.

Now, this video from June of 2016.


Love that guy.

But suppose that scenario occurred here in Wisconsin. Could someone to the rescue be assured he/she would not be in any legal danger?

The answer is, go ahead. Toss that rock, after you follow some rules. Then smash away!

Wisconsin’s Hot Car Law was signed in 2015 by Governor Scott Walker.

WUWM reported on the details.

This law makes common sense. Let’s hope we never have to use it. Unfortunately there is no law against the lack of common sense.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

We informed you last week this could happen. And it did in Sioux City, Iowa.

Dogs Trained to Sniff Out COVID-19 Score Near-Perfect in Diagnosis of Human Sweat Samples.

Dogs can get heatstroke, too. Here are the breeds most at risk.

These groups are heroes.

THAT’S IT (yes, I know, a rare short list) FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.


Happy 1st birthday to this cutie, Charlie! The inside is Classy Girl Cupcakes’ dog friendly Pup-Cake batter.

Owners share hilarious pictures of their pets with loaves in best new internet craze since sliced bread.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Pet food manufacturer Stella & Chewy’s now owns its Oak Creek headquarters and production facility after a $24.5 million purchase closed this month.

The company has been in the 164,000-square-foot building since 2015 as a tenant, paying rent to real estate firms. That changes as Stella & Chewy’s bought the property from an affiliate of New York investor Lexington Realty Trust this month, according to state records.

Founded in 2003, the company’s pet food can be found in national retail chains such as Bentley’s Pet Stuff and Pet Supplies Plus. The company and state officials in 2018 announced a $30 million investment to add more equipment to the Oak Creek building.

Stella & Chewy’s qualified for a $500,000 state tax credit for that investment, and reported creating more than 142 jobs in the past two years, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. website. Those hires are in addition to nearly 200 people already employed at Stella & Chewy’s.

Last October CBS 58 in Milwaukee did this feature report on the company.

Next, a photo of a boy and his dog has captured the hearts across New Hampshire.

We’ve got more.

Pre-K Students in Brooklyn Get Diploma Delivery from Tank, the Comfort Dog. Video is in the article.

And a TSA dog hangs up his boots after 8 years. His last bag search was all kinds of awesome.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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