An Athens man was cited by Oconee County deputies for leaving his dog in a hot car in the parking lot of Walmart on Epps Bridge Parkway on June 13.
Deputy Brad Williams and Sgt. Shane Partain responded to the scene and found the dog inside the locked car.
They asked Walmart to make an announcement to help find the dog’s owner.
The dog’s tongue had started to slightly curl up and showed signs of heat exhaustion, according to the incident report.
About 30 minutes later, owner David Davis returned to his car and told authorities that he was in the store for about 45 minutes to pick up some paperwork, according to deputies.
Davis was issued a citation for a county ordinance violation of proper care.
According to reports, the animal control officer who responded to the scene was told not to issue a citation to Davis.
Chief Deputy: J. Lee Weems released a statement on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.
“Deputy Williams is one of our K9 handlers and Sgt. Partain is our other handler on the scene.” “Both deputies are trained to recognize signs of heat distress in dogs,” said Weems.
Chief Deputy Weems stressed that the animal control team is not a part of the Sheriff's Office. They fall under the county governing authority.