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11:11 PM on 07/12/2013
I thought it was against the law if you witness abuse to humans or animals and fail to report it. Perhaps her boss should be arrested for his reprisal.
11:24 PM on 07/12/2013
It is in the many of the States in the USA, but not sure about the laws in Canada or other nations.
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David Konen
Marion, IL
11:36 PM on 07/12/2013
It could go BOTH ways. I was surprised to hear that this employee had gotten for NOT reporting this to management, and calling the police.
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David Glenn Allen
11:00 PM on 07/12/2013
You go,girl!You did the right thing-don't let anybody tell you different.
I have friends who are dog owners and trust and believe,had they seen this,they would have gone to the owner and LAID.HIM.OUT.
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Henbur
10:59 PM on 07/12/2013
We should fire the CEO of Wal Mart's rotten empire,and demand a much better pay and benefit package for the people who do the real work. To live a life of luxury and rule over a vast army of part time help who live on the edge of poverty is a total disgrace! I could open a K Mart full of revitalized full time professionals and with the right customer care and good merchandise whip, Wal Mart's butt within 5 years,esp if we began some sort of business the employee's could do on their own time and make even more money. We must think outside the box!
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wdc39
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10:56 PM on 07/12/2013
Where I live, you are legally allowed to break the window out of a locked car if you think the animal inside is in immediate danger. Not recommended if the animal inside is a pit bull, Rottweiler etc.
11:22 PM on 07/12/2013
Oh so pit bulls or rotties don't deserve to be saved? it is comments like yours that continue to flame the misinformation about these wonderful dogs. ANY animal or child left in a hot car should be immediately rescued and the police should be called to report the crime. I would not hesitate one second to step in and save a pittie or rottie if i thought they were in danger.
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12:23 AM on 07/13/2013
I think wdc, is rightfully warning people that pits or rotties might not take kindly to someone entering their territory. I might say the same for several breeds. At the time they are in the enclosed vehicle, it is their territory and they will fight to save it.
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wdc39
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12:40 AM on 07/13/2013
Of course they deserve to be rescued. But one must weigh the risks of breaking into a vehicle guarded by a large dog. Thats all I was saying. Try not to be so touchy. I'm sure most pits and rotties are spoiled rotten babies. But I've seen dogs act like they would be more than happy to come thru that glass simply because someone walked too close.
10:53 PM on 07/12/2013
who cares if you got fired from walmart. you can make more at mcdonalds
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Henbur
10:48 PM on 07/12/2013
Wal Mart treats its employees like dogs .Part time,very little insurance, and yet they are the sole reason that Wal Mart has an empire. They are the foundation ,but do not earn enough money to keep a rat on life support. This a total disgrace, an economic model from the Dark Ages that is old and worn out .Let us throw it into the trash and come up with something better!
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David Konen
Marion, IL
11:41 PM on 07/12/2013
I completely AGREE with you here, because I had once worked for Wal-Mart (which had a shopping Superstore opening up in Mesa, AZ) - I think I was just a RAT (like everyone else who worked for them).
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Dolly Knight Hughes
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10:47 PM on 07/12/2013
She did right. If she had reported it to "management", they wouldn't have don't crap about it.
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David Konen
Marion, IL
11:41 PM on 07/12/2013
That is SO right. I think they wouldn't give a darn, and puppies are people too.
10:45 PM on 07/12/2013
Why not just say ok I'll let you know and call the police anyway,just don't yell out that was me who called.
11:50 PM on 07/12/2013
Minutes matter. That young lady did exactly what she should have.
10:42 PM on 07/12/2013
I'm Sorry! But I think Walmart needs to hire this lady back and fire the manger! You shouldn't fire someone for doing the right thing! People shop Wal- Mart for pet food and other pet items!
If someone says they aren't going to shop their Wal-Mart because you leave an pet or child in a hot car/van/or truck!
10:30 PM on 07/12/2013
Well, with all the other negative news about Wal Mart lately this doesn't surprise me.
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David Konen
Marion, IL
11:44 PM on 07/12/2013
I can just ONLY hope that this does NOT happen again soon.
10:28 PM on 07/12/2013
Does this town or the State of Ohio not have animal protection laws to provide fines or arrest of persons abusing, neglecting, performing acts of cruelty, or leaving animals in hot vehicles? Do humane laws for animals not exist in Ohio? I know from having lived and worked in Arizona, that that state has humane animal protections done arrest, fine and jail abusers of animals and violators of humane laws. Moreover should an employee be fired or disciplined for reporting acts of animal abuse, neglect, cruelty, or abandonment to the proper authorities?
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tickeledpink01
10:33 PM on 07/12/2013
This was in Ontario Canada.
10:41 PM on 07/12/2013
Ontario, Canada, Ohio; different town, State, Country. All the same in the eyes of those poor animals who suffer abuse, neglect, abandonment, and cruelty at the hands of their "masters".
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robertaruth
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10:25 PM on 07/12/2013
If she had reported to management, as instructed, the customer would probably have said it was none of their business, as well -- so in the meantime, while all this was going on, the poor pooch would have suffered and might have died.

New Rule: Never take your dog shopping on hot days.
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David Glenn Allen
10:59 PM on 07/12/2013
More like old rule.
ndmy
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11:43 PM on 07/12/2013
Never take your dogs shopping. I don't think they want to.
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robertaruth
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07:44 AM on 07/13/2013
Actually, most dogs like to go anywhere where their people, but sometimes ya gotta set yur foot down.
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hulahulahula
10:23 PM on 07/12/2013
Good for her, shame on Walmart and the dog's owner and extra shame on the writer of this article--"after calling the police on a customer who had left their dog in their truck on a hot day"--SO many things grammatically wrong with that phrase..........
10:22 PM on 07/12/2013
IMO, WalDumb treats their employees no better than these customers treat their animals. Can't make this stuff up.
10:16 PM on 07/12/2013
I'm not defending anyone here, and I'm all for saving those dogs, but people are reading this article and taking what Cheney says at pure face value. The store is right not to comment on why she was fired, because they can legally be penalized for breaking confidence, but they do say that was not the reason for her termination.
If she has a real case against the store, I'm asking myself why she would want to try the case in the court of public opinion, where there are no judges, or rules of evidence to ensure fairness.
No-one commenting here knows what really happened, but true to form, individual person good, big store bad. I don't know any more than the rest of you but if there are corporate guidelines and they are reasonable, they really should be followed right up to, but NOT including the life of helpless animals.
IF her story is absolutely & strictly true, she's a bit of a hero.