Last year I caught a Tweet from one of the Zoo's Docents. Chris Shuttlesworth, in regard to seeing a"Dog under a car" in the Zoo parking lot. She posted a photo and simply said, "I hope the Family comes back soon." I was appalled that not only would a Docent say they saw this, AND post a photo, but they didn't follow through and take the Dog to the office so it didn't run out of the lot to the street or even get hit by a car in the lot. From what she wrote apparently she had no other feelings about the safety of this Animal. Real nice from a Zoo representative aka someone you would hope cared about Animals.
Here is the Tweet, Photo, and Comments posted.
Last month I caught this Tweet from late March, by user @DavidDowneyJr
"Props to the SF zoo for allowing people to have dogs in the parking lot! Now we can take our son to a zoo before he turns 1! Stoked"
Upon further questioning to this user, he said that when he got there, leaving his Dog in the car seemed like a bad idea. Kudo's to him!
That said, the day after I read this I was walking through the parking lot and heard a Dog barking.
Photos are both of when I went in and hours later when I came out. :(
You can also view my video
So, yesterday knowing I was going to post about this, I finally followed through and called the Zoo and asked if it was Ok to leave my Dog in the car in the lot while I was at the Zoo. I'll also note that yesterday was a really hot day.
The Zoo Employee who answered the phone said, "We don't tell you, you can or can't, but we don't advise it. If someone complains and calls the Police they will come in and ticket you."
I called back to get the name of the Employee, for both reference and to again confirm it was an acceptable action. I will also note that I am not posting who I spoke to because he is just relaying the Zoo's own Policy.
SO yeah, OMG! There are so many things wrong with this! Where do I start. First and foremost, it is in no way acceptable for a Dog or any pet to be left in a car for an extended amount of time. Maybe you leave it in there while you do some quick marketing, but not for a day long outing. Not only who does this? BUT The Zoo a facility that is supposed to support, respect and educate in regards to Animals, not only let's this happen, but also tells people its okay to do so! What kind of message does this send? Its obviously illegal as well if Police can come in and issue a ticket.
I just don't get it. After all I see with Animal disrespect from both Visitors and Staff, I'm not surprised by anything, but I still continue to have a reaction of disbelief. Very disappointing.
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