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SF dog walker admits to making a 'terrible mistake' for leaving dogs in hot van

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Pamela Uberti, owner of a San Francisco dog walking service, 4 Your Paws Only, admitted on Monday that she made a "terrible mistake" by leaving eight dogs in a van for two hours last Friday while she shopped in the Stonestown Galleria reported SFGate.com.

Uberti stated she just intended to go into the mall to purchase a pair of running shoes before heading home, after she had finished walking the dogs in the nearby Lake Merced Park, but when she entered the mall, she was struck with a severe migraine headache which made her sick.

"I got to the mall and I got sick. I couldn’t see, and I couldn’t function, but that’s no excuse," Uberti, 67, stated.

Meanwhile out in the parking lot, concerned citizens heard barking coming from the van. At approximately 1:00 p.m., the police and animal control officials arrived, and after a short amount of time were ready to break into the van to rescue the dogs when Uberti finally walked out from the mall.

Angry citizens yelled at her as she opened the van which police say registered 92 degrees inside. Fortunately the dogs were fine.

Uberti admits to making a very bad mistake and is extremely remorseful. She has received death threats and nasty messages on her phone and via texts. Police charged her with eight counts of leaving dogs in a car without adequate ventilation. If found guilty, Uberti faces a maximum fine ot $100 per dog. Her commercial dog walking permit will also be revoked.

Also, on Friday, a quick thinking woman in Harris County, Texas saved a yellow Labrador retriever left in a hot car while his owners enjoyed the afternoon at a water park. The woman used Facebook as a conduit to ask local rescue organizations to help save the dog. Read this incredible story of rescue by clicking here.

Again, please be warned not to leave your pets in the car. Case after case continues to be reported; these helpless dogs were lucky. Please continue to report any dogs left in cars. Their deaths from heat exhaustion are 100% preventable.

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