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Police: Man arrested for animal neglect after leaving dog in hot car in Junction City

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Djunga, a 3-year-old border collie, taken in by police after being left in a hot car in Junction City. (Photo: Junction City PD) Djunga, a 3-year-old border collie, taken in by police after being left in a hot car in Junction City. (Photo: Junction City PD)
JUNCTION CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Police arrested a man after responding to a report of a dog left inside a hot car in a parking lot in Junction City.

Officers arrived at Bi-Mart at 12:49 p.m. Friday. An employee had called police about the dog in the car.

Officers found the car in direct sunlight with the windows up. The dog appeared to be in distress and was panting, with no visible water in the car, according to police.

As officers attempted to open the car door, the owner returned and let the dog out.

The owner said he left the dog in the car for approximately 15 minutes.

Paul Kobliska was arrested and booked into the Junction City Jail on the charge of second-degree animal neglect. Police said he later posted bail.

The dog, a 3-year-old border collie named Djunga, was taken in by the officers.

The Oregon Humane Society reports that when the temperature is 78 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 105 degrees in 20 minutes.

The temperature outside at the time of the call in this case was 84 degrees.  

“Please be a responsible pet owner and leave your pet at home on warmer days,” according to a Junction City Police Department statement. “If you see a pet locked in a hot car please contact the police immediately and stay by the vehicle until help arrives.”

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