As Josh Lee, his wife, son, and brother walked through the parking lot, they heard a dog whimpering.
They followed the sound to a car where a puppy of about 16 weeks was in a hot car with no water. They called the Kansas City police department who contacted the Royals’ guest services. They were able to lower the window and rescue a most grateful puppy.
The Royals’ protocol is to call the towing service they keep on site during games and to contact animal control. A note is left on the car. The owner has 10 days to collect the dog from the city shelter.
Sadly, there is a protocol for this since, according to the director of guest services for the Royals, about once a month they are called to rescue a dog left in the stadium parking lot during a game.
The pup was removed from the car and is doing fine. A Royals employee took the dog home, but so far the owner has not showed up.
For the Lee family it was probably worth not seeing the end of an exciting game.
Last year a Gulf War veteran in Georgia was arrested for breaking a window to rescue a dog. The charges were later dropped, but few people want to be arrested.
Laws vary from state to state. Only 21 states have a specific law against leaving dogs in hot cars, but animal cruelty laws may apply. A growing number of states have good Samaritan laws that allow a bystander to rescue a dog in distress by whatever means necessary without being arrested or sued.
This link will show what the current laws are in your state.