Denver news anchor Kyle Clark was running errands in the Colorado city when he says he happened upon a dog locked in a car on a hot day. Clark, a journalist with NBC’s 9 News, initially thought of breaking the window with a rock to free the dog but decided against it and ran his errand.
When he came out 10 minutes later, he saw the dog was still locked in the hot car, barking in distress. When the dog’s owner finally returned to the car, Clark said he politely implored the owner not to leave the dog in a hot car. Clark said the owner basically laughed in his face. So Clark decided to do the next best thing. He apologized to the dog for having bad humans. On television. He then posted that video on his Facebook page, where it has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.
“There is an apology in order. Not for you, no. For your dog. I am sorry that your dog does not have better humans,” Clark said in his apology, which has been shared on his Facebook page more than 21,000 times since June 9.
Tennesee and Florida have passed laws that allow bystanders to break a window to rescue an animal in distress without legal repercussions from the dog owner. Colorado does not have such a law.
While it is illegal to leave an animal in a hot car or during inclement weather in the state, 9News.com reports that if a person breaks a window to save a dog, that person could face criminal mischief charges. It is up to the prosecutor to decide if charges should be filed. The report also said a civil suit is also possible.
With as many times Clark’s video has been viewed, hopefully those who have seen it can help continue to spread the word of the dangers to a dog’s health when left in a car on a hot day.