|Denver News9 anchor at home after his on-air dog apology|
as he gets help from his canine companions answering
congratulatory emails about his editorial.
No, Clark has not become unhinged. Nor does he lead a secret life of crime and vandalism.
But he loves dogs, and has two of them at home. On a recent, sunny, hot, 90 degree day, Clark stopped at a strip mall to run some errands.
Inside the CRV was a dog. In a swelternng hot car. He ran his errands, and came back ten minutes later and the dog was still there. You could hear the dog crying all the way across the parking lot in that terribly hot car.
He was tempted to throw a rock through the car window, but didn't. (By the way, Florida just made it legal to break into a car to save an animal and other states are following suit.)
So he called 311, the number you call to get city services.
Clark pretty much did what the Humane Society says you should do when you see a dog trapped in a hot car. Take down the car's make, model and license number, go to nearby businesses and have them make announcements to get the owner of the car to their car and call non-emergency numbers to get help.
You probably should avoid throwing a rock through a car window unless you're desperate because you might face criminal charges or a civil lawsuit.
In Clark's case, he was on hold for five minutes with 311 before the owner of the CRV emerged from a frozen yogurt shop.
He politely cautioned the owner of the CRV not to leave dogs inside cars on hot days. They can die really fast in those conditions. In this case the dog survived.
The person basically just laughed Clark off. There was nothing more Clark could do about the really bad dog owner. I personally still worry for that dog, because I'm sure the person in question just doesn't care.
Later, Clark took to the airwaves and offered a heartfelt apology. Not to the dog owner he confronted in that torrid parking lot. But to the dog that was in the CRV
"I'm sorry that your dog does not have better humans," he told the dog, on air at News9.
Here's the viral video of Clark's on-air apology to help encourage everyone to take care of their furry companions in hot weather: