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6/7/2019 - 6/7/19-Arrest of Shi Zhuhong – Cruelty to Animals – Animal Safety Tips
June 7, 2019
Captain Ronald Smith
On June 2nd Hamden Police responded to the parking lot at 2335 Dixwell Avenue on the report of animal cruelty.
Police were alerted by a concerned citizen that a “small Bichon mix” dog was left inside of a parked vehicle and that it was panting excessively. Officer Rachel Zinni proceeded to a nearby supermarket, where an announcement was made in an attempt to locate the owner. These efforts were unsuccessful.
The Hamden Fire Department was summoned to assist. While attempting entry, the owner of the dog, Shi Zhuhong, returned with “a cart full of groceries.” Fire Department personnel determined that the interior of the vehicle had reached 120 degrees. The exterior of the vehicle was 140 degrees. Investigation revealed that the dog was left inside of the vehicle for approximately 45 minutes.
Hamden Police arrested Shi Zhuhong, 47, of Hamden. She was charged with Cruelty to Animals. Zhuhong, who was released on a written promise to appear, is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on June 17th.
Hamden Police would like to provide the following information concerning animal safety:
If the heat is extreme, the animal should NOT be left unattended.
Park the vehicle in an area where there is shade.
Use a screen to block the rays of the sun.
Leave a bowl of water inside of the vehicle.
Do not leave your animal unattended for more than 10 minutes.
If you observe an animal locked inside of a hot vehicle:
Write down the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle.
If there is a business nearby, attempt to locate and notify a store employee or security personnel.
Contact your local police department or animal control division.