Riverton woman cited for animal cruelty for leaving dogs without shade over the weekend

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 22-year-old Riverton woman has been cited for Animal Cruelty after leaving for the weekend and not providing any shade for her two dogs that were chained up in the back yard.

Neighbors concerned over the welfare of the two black Labrador dogs called police and said the dogs were trying to cool off by sticking their front legs into in a 5-gallon water bucket. The responding officer saw one of the dogs with its legs in the water bucket, and “vigorously panting” and “obviously overheated.” The officer took the dogs off of the chain so they could go to the shady side of the back yard, which was fenced.

None of the neighbors knew who lived in the house, located in the 1400 block of Aspen Drive, but officers did get one lead. One resident said they thought the dog owner worked at a local grocery store. Police went to the store and found a woman who reported the dog’s owner had gone to the mountains and left the dogs in the care of a roommate, who also apparently left for the weekend.

The owner of the dogs was contacted by telephone. According to the police report the woman said she left town on Friday with plenty of food and water for the dogs to last the weekend. She said the dogs had access to shade, but the police officer did not find that to be the case. She said the dogs were chained to a basketball hoop because they can jump over the fence.

The woman’s co-worker at the grocery store said she would take care of the animals until the owner returned.

Leaving dogs out in the summer sun without shade is just as dangerous as leaving them in a vehicle, which could cause fatal results for the animals. See summer care for dogs by clicking here.