BY KEN LITTLE
One of two dogs found locked in a sweltering car while their owners were at a doctor's appointment Thursday remains unresponsive at a veterinarian's office.
The condition of the other is improving, Amy Bowman, manager of the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society, said this morning.
Both owners were cited by Greeneville police with animal cruelty and will appear Sept. 4 in Greene County General Sessions Court.
Issued summonses were Roger Lewis Miscovitch, 71, of 1335 Good Hope Road, Parrottsville, and Susan Rebecca Miscovitch, 54, of the same Cocke County address.
Police were called about 5 p.m. Thursday to a Greeneville Medical Group parking lot "regarding two dogs that had been shut in a car for around two hours," Officer Gina Holt said in reports.
A female Shar Pei mix dog which Susan Miscovitch said was hers "could not stand and appeared to be having a seizure," a report said.
The outside temperature was 90 degrees at 5 p.m.
"There was no food or water available," the report said.
The male coon hound in the car "was panting heavily and appeared to be lethargic," a report said.
The dogs were taken by the Humane Society to the Greene County Veterinary Medical Center.
The temperature of the female dog was 109 degrees about 5:30 p.m., the report said, while the temperature of the male dog was 105 degrees.
Both animals were still alive this morning, Bowman said.
The female Shar Pei mix remained unresponsive, while the condition of the male coon hound appeared to be improving.
Witnesses told police one window in the Mercedes two-seat car was cracked open several inches, but the other window was shut.
At least two people who saw the dogs in the car went into nearby Takoma Regional Medical Center to call police and attempt to find the owners.
Bowman had some cautionary words for those thinking of traveling with pets in the August heat.
"My advice would be in the summertime not to bring your pet in the car," she said. "If you do bring an animal in your car, never leave it alone."
People may think they will be away from their car in a store or errand for only a few minutes, but often get delayed, Bowman said.
"It just takes a few minutes in that weather for a dog to be overheated in a closed-up car," she said.