Sometimes a person has to do what they think is right, and Indian River County's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty president, Van DeMars did just that last week when he came to the aid of a senior dog tethered to a SUV in a hot Publix supermarket parking lot in Sebastian.
According to wptv.com, the temperature was over 90 degrees when DeMars spotted an elderly dog named Davey struggling to get out of the hot sun and hot pavement. Using his cellphone, DeMars videoed the scene. The dog appeared to be choking reminding DeMars dogs left in extreme heat can suffer from heat stress.
Since the owner was no where to be found, DeMars released the dog from his leash and brought the dog over to a shady spot.
Out came owner Robert Huffman, 83, of Sebastian who became quite angry that DeMars had moved his dog, and told authorities he had done just the same thing many times before. Huffman did leave a water bowl for Davey. He also stated the dog was on a 15 foot leash and that he had been in Publix for only 30 minutes.
And at this point the story gets controversial because DeMars refused to give Davey back to Huffman immediately. A few days later police came to DeMars home and charged him with a misdemeanor of Second Degree Petit Theft even though the dog was returned. It seems the Indian River County State Attorney's Office contend DeMars committed a crime.
DeMars told the media that getting arrested might be the cost of saving a dog's life, but it's all worth it.
Huffman says his dog is fine. DeMars is due in court later this month.
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