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Dog Rescued from Hot Car at Boro-Park, Teen to be Cited

Despite an official high of 90 degrees Thursday, Jeremy Longo of Stockertown allegedly said the removal of the dog from his vehicle was "ridiculous."

A Stockertown teen will be cited for animal cruelty and disorderly conduct after he allegedly left a dog unattended inside his car Thursday at , according to Police Chief Thomas Trachta.

The car's internal temperature reached over 100 degrees, Trachta estimated in an incident investigation report. arrived Thursday as the official high temperature at Lehigh Valley International Airport hit 90.

According to Trachta, the car was situated in direct sunlight and the front two windows were cracked about two inches.

Jeremy Longo, 18, who was at the skate park when police arrived, will also be cited for disorderly conduct because he allegedly became uncooperative and attempted to leave with the dog, according to Trachta.

In his report, Trachta writes, "[Longo] felt that he did nothing wrong and the police were ridiculous for removing the dog from the vehicle."

A crowd began to gather as Longo allegedly used profanities, according to Trachta.

A woman leaving the park's pool spotted the dog while getting into her car, which was parked next to Longo's, and called police. According to Trachta, the woman, who was not identified, "was very upset and was crying over the way this animal was being treated..."

Trachta removed the dog from the car and took it to a shady spot. The dog was then given water.

Longo's sister, Jessica Watson, 26, of Nazareth claimed ownership over the dog, but could not provide formal documentation, according to Trachta. The dog was released to Watson with the instructions that the dog be quarantined until it is properly vaccinated and licensed.

The Nazareth Borough Animal Control Officer gave Watson 48 hours to comply with Pennsylvania's Dog Laws and to produce the proper documentation.

Longo's vehicle then had to be towed from the scene. In addition to having a "huge" crack in the windshield, the vehicle also had an expired registration and inspection. According to Trachta, Longo could not provide a valid insurance card.

Longo was cited on June 4 by the Bethlehem Police Department for driving a vehicle without required financial responsibility, according to court documents.

The following information was supplied by the Nazareth Borough Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

The safest place for your pet on sunny days is in a shady, cool spot -- not in a car, even if it's just for a few minutes, according to the American Red Cross.

Some signs your pet may be developing heat stroke include:

  • Heavy panting, and not being unable to calm down, even when lying down.
  • Gum color may be brick red
  • Pulse rate may be fast
  • May not be able to get up

"If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, take their temperature rectally," the American Red Cross says. "If the temperature is above 105 degrees, cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees. Bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage."

Michelle June 30, 2012 at 02:09 AM
The punishment for Jeremy would be to lock him in a car with the windows cracked two inches during a heat spell with no water and see how he feels!
Eric Harding June 30, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Technically Jessica Watson should be the one who is locked in the car. It is her pet, therefor her responsibility. The fact that it was in her brothers car is irrelevant.
Heather Depew June 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
The teen should be arrested, not just cited. And yea, I agree, whoever leaves a dog in a car when the temperature is 80 degrees or more and it is sunny, is a complete moron. You should lose your privilege to have pets or children. Too bad we can't pass that as a law. Don't spread your idiot genes.
Joel June 30, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Unfortunately there are many idiots in this world who do cruel things to animals and get away with it - we need to push harder for harsher law for things like this. I help rescue animals all the time and hearing stories like this makes my blood boil. An eye for an eye. I am just glad the dog is ok because most dogs die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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