LOS ANGELES, California – Six Flags Magic Mountain has come under fire by a California woman after the medically prescribed emotional support dog she left locked in a hot car on Sunday was rescued by security staff and escaped from the kennel that had revived the one-year-old Pomeranian and saved its life.
According to a report filed by CBS Los Angeles, Shalanon Brooks made the decision to leave her dog ‘Malibu’ inside her parked car with water, food and the windows cracked after a zipper on the carrying bag she had brought to transport Malibu around the park in broke.
After Brooks entered the theme park temperatures soared to 80F in Los Angeles, causing the temperature inside the car to reach well above safe levels for the one-year-old support dog Malibu, and upon security staff finding the pet in distress and near death broke into the car and removed her.
Six Flags spokesperson Sue Carpenter explained that, “Our security personnel and the Sheriff saw the dog, which they thought was dead.”
“[Staff] broke into the car to get the dog out. We brought it over here to the dog kennel, revived it, gave it some water and cooled it down,” Carpenter said.
During an unfortunately opportune moment as her water was being replenished, Malibu dashed out of the kennel area through an open door and escaped into the Magic Mountain parking lot.
UPDATE: CBS Los Angeles releases update on Malibu
Six Flags officials stated that it is standard policy to rescue any pets left inside cars on their premises, and once removed from the vehicle the park is not responsible legally for the pet while in their possession.
Susan Carpenter explained that if any patron of the park leaves their animal in the car on Magic Mountain property, “We will rescue it … and we do in-park announcements and we leave messages on your windshield about where your animal is.’
“No animal should be left in the car … that’s the law,” added Carpenter.
Shalanon Brooks is upset with Six Flags management and denies the allegations that she placed her dog in any danger.
“I don’t know how I’ll go back home without her, I don’t know how I’ll live in my house without her,” said a near hysterical Brooks.
Despite Brooks’ claim that she feels her dog was never put in any danger, animal advocates have come out in support of the decision made by Six Flags to rescue and revive Malibu.
“It is extremely irresponsible of any dog owner to leave their dog in a parked vehicle in the heat or for any extended period of time” said animal advocate Opie Ramsaur Beswick.
“It was an act, unintentional or not, of cruelty,” added Beswik. “It is not new information to anyone not to leave a dog in a vehicle in warm weather. Imagine if this had been a child? A life is a life and could have easily ended that day due to one careless act.”
Other animal rights advocates have gone a step further to suggest that Shalanon Brooks should face charges for animal cruelty because of her decision to leave Malibu in a hot car.
“I think the owner should face charges of animal cruelty for leaving her dog in her car,” explained animal advocate Anna Marie DeHaven.
“When she determined that she could not bring the dog in the park with her,” continued DeHaven “she should have driven the dog home. A dog’s well-being is not worth a day of fun in a theme park, and clearly, she didn’t need to have the dog with her.”
“Furthermore,” added DeHaven “if the dog is found, I think some serious thought needs to be put into the decision whether or not to return the dog to this woman.”
Although there are many conflicting ideas on who is responsible and what should or should not have been done, everyone involved is focused on making sure that Malibu is found in good health and is given the proper care she needs afterwards.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Malibu is asked to call Shalanon Brooks at 586-381-2123. There is a reward being offered.
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