A colleague in Portland sends this press release, which I have verified as real and pass along, without comment:
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
DEPUTY RESCUES UNATTENDED CHICKEN LEFT IN VEHICLE
July 19th, 2005 1:20 PM
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Livestock Deputy removed a hen from a locked vehicle in the parking lot of the Village Place Apartments at 9020 SE Scottstree Way, Clackamas, after it was left in the vehicle with the windows rolled up and no water.
At 9:00 a.m. this morning Clackamas County dispatch received a call from an anonymous informant who said that a chicken had been left in the front seat of a pickup truck parked in the parking lot at the Clackamas Village Apartments. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Livestock Deputy Robin Iverson was dispatched to the call and when she arrived she found the bird sitting inside of a white & turquoise Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck was parked in the sun with both doors locked and all of the windows rolled up. There was no water for the bird visible in the truck.
Deputy Iverson attempted to locate the owner of the truck through DMV records with negative results. The apartment manager was unable to identify the driver of the truck from their records.
Deputy Iverson consulted with a local veterinarian who confirmed that a bird left in a heated vehicle was at immediate risk of death.
At 10:52 a.m. a locksmith was called to the location to open the door to the truck. Deputy Iverson retrieved the bird from the truck, noting that it was "stuffy and hot" inside the vehicle and that there was no water for the bird anywhere inside the truck.
The hen was taken to Clackamas County Dog Control as a temporary measure until it could be taken to an avian rescue or sanctuary. The owner of the vehicle and bird, when located, could face charges of Animal Neglect.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public that in hot weather, animals of any kind should not be left in vehicles without air circulation and fresh water.
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