Twice this week, security at Arden Fair Mall has had to respond to dogs stuck in sweltering cars. As summer temperatures ratchet-up into the triple digits, animals left in cars can become ill, or even die.
In surveillance video from Tuesday, a German Sheppard is seen desperately trying to get out of the blistering heat. He chews the car window, yelps and drool, as his owner is inside shopping for more than half-an-hour.
"Would you want to sit in this car for 30 minutes?" asks Steve Reed, head of mall security. "Even if you have the window cracked nobody wants to sit in that kind of heat."
On Thursday, for the second time in a week, Reed and his staff were confronted with the problem. This time it was two Schnauzers trapped in a car while their owners enjoy the comfortable, air-conditioned mall.
"In this case, we got a hold of the owners, they came out and tried to tell me they'd been in for 5 minutes. We looked at the footage; they'd been in for 30 minutes," Reed said.
Those owners were in a big hurry after they were told firefighters were on scene. Security video shows them running to their car. They arrived just as fire fighters were trying to break-in and free the two dogs.
In an experiment in Arden Fair's parking lot, Fox40 put a thermometer in a parked car. Within 15 minutes, the temperature inside was in excess of 130 degrees.
"I'm a 'break the glass' type of girl," said Donielle, a shopper at Arden Fair.
She's not alone. Although there are frequent security patrols in Arden Fair's parking lot, both on foot and wheels, pets left in cars are almost always reported right away by other shoppers.
For those caught endangering the life of their animals, they face a criminal citation... and a broken car window, when security arrives.