Man Leaves Dog In Hot Car For Hours, Gets A Ticket

The dog days of summer are a real danger for dogs whose owners leave them inside hot locked cars.Animal control officers say, "Don't do it. It's against the law!"Parked cars in the hot valley sun are deathtraps for animals.On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature of a car can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.Clovis officers say a man left his dog in locked truck for more than 2 hours in a parking lot near Nees and Willow.When our KMPH Fox 26 news photographers arrived animal control officers were already checking the temperature inside the locked pickup truck.Officers say it had reached nearly 100 degrees and was climbing.About a half an hour earlier, a Trader Joe's employee spotted the dog inside the truck and called police.An officer searched several of the stores in the shopping center, and about an hour and a half later the owner of the truck was found.Shielding his face from our cameras with an officer by his side, 34-year-old Timothy Kuckenbaker of Fresno walked back to his truck.Because it was Kuckenbaker's first offense, animal control officers say he was issued a ticket and was allowed to leave with his dog.But if he's caught doing it again, he could face animal abuse charges.Clovis police say Kuckenbaker was working at a home in the neighborhood.