For a quick second yesterday, the Internet temporarily moved its rage from that lion-killing cunt dentist-on-the-run to Jennifer Beals for leaving her German Shepherd in the car while she went off to do stuff in West Vancouver. While Jennifer was doing stuff (probably kicking kittens, strangling bunnies and setting puppies on fire), her German Shepherd sat in the car and a few people, including a reporter for Global News, noticed and called her out.
Catherine Urquhart of Global News said that she’s not sure if the dog was suffering or not. But a man named Dustin Goetz said that the dog was panting and looked weak. The window was rolled down a little bit, but Dustin believes that wasn’t enough and thinks Jennifer’s dog was slowly becoming a roasted dog loaf. Jennifer showed up a few minutes later and Catherine filmed her having a few words with Dustin. Dustin told Jennifer that she shouldn’t leave her dog friend in a hot car like that. Jennifer sort of shrugged him off and said, “In Dunbar it is, it’s fine.” I don’t know if she meant that it’s fine in the Dunbar neighborhood, because it wasn’t that hot or it’s fine in Dunbar, because it’s not illegal. I don’t know, but I do know that’s my new go-to-excuse for everything. “Sir, you can’t eat that box of Zingers without paying for it first.” “It’s fine in Dunbar!” “Sir, you can’t jack off into this bar bathroom sink. I’m going to have to ask you to leave.” “It’s fine in Dunbar!”
As Jennifer, who is married to a Canadian business and is in Vancouver to shoot the TV show Proof, got into her car, Dustin let her know that he’s reporting her ass to the police and he did.
After the Internet skinned Jennifer alive and charbroiled her hide over a hot fire, she issued a statement to UsWeekly explaining it wasn’t that hot outside and she was gone for 5 minutes to get her laundry.
“I have loved dogs my whole life. They’ve been in my life since the day I was born. Every dog I’ve had has been a rescue. I would never ever jeopardize an animal’s safety. Ever. I’ve worked with dogs in obedience, agility, and shepherding training. I am not only a loving dog owner but a discerning one. The morning was a cool 73 degrees. I, and others, were wearing jackets. I rolled all four windows down and left the car for five minutes to pick up laundry, my car visible to me the entire time.
I wondered why two people were congregated by my car taking pictures of my girl. Proud mama thought it was because she’s so gorgeous. While I appreciate their vigilance and what must have felt like courage on their part, they were barking up the wrong tree.”
The BC SPCA is stilling shaking their heads “no” at Jennifer’s explanation. They say that yes, the windows were rolled down a few centimeters, but that’s probably not enough to keep a dog (who’s wearing a fur coat) cool enough and a car can heat up like an oven real fast.
This has always been a seriously, serious touchy subject. Like me, my dog hates leaving the house, so I hardly ever take him anywhere in the car. The only time he goes for a car ride is when I’m taking him to the vet or to my mom’s house and he whines the whole way. His whining and crying may or may not have something to do with the fact that I sing along to Hilary Duff songs the whole way. (Someone’s so going to report me for torturing my dog’s ears and they have a point.)
But several times, I’ve seen people fight in parking lots over dogs in cars. One time, I was walking through a Walgreens parking lot when these two people were screaming at a lady who left her two fluffy white dogs in her car. The lady had a “My Other Ride Is A Bentley” bumper sticker on her car, so that should tell you everything you need to know about her. They were calling each other assholes and douchebags and wishing death upon one another. Meanwhile, the dogs were still in the car and they were probably thinking to themselves, “Um, can you please let us out before you kill each other?” I nearly dropped to the ground and crawled to my car, because I thought they were going to pull out guns and start shooting each other.
There’s a solution to all of this, though. People should train their dogs to drive a car and run errands. That way they can sit in the car, smoking a joint or whatever, while their dog gets the dry cleaning. It’s a win/win!