Blacktop on a summer afternoon becomes hot. Our thermometer on Monday read 88 degrees. I recently witnessed something I do not understand.

A small puppy was made to walk across the street on blacktop too hot for my fingers to make contact with for longer than two seconds. Why would any adult lead a puppy across a Frederick city street surface too hot for an adult to walk across barefoot?

I am in my 60s and a resident of Amber Meadows. We have lived here for 21 years. Witnessing this made me shed a tear for the puppy. A puppy will follow its master.

Animals and small children do not have control over their safety. I grew up in the country in Carroll County. We did not treat our dogs or cats in such a way. Why do these things happen on the street where we live?

Thank you for listening to my concern.

Joni Brossart


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Thank you for sharing! While it seems like common sense it’s apparent that a good amount of pet owners are lacking. I recently was made aware from animal control that Frederick County has very basic requirements when it comes to care and safety for pets. The most alarming is there is no temperature requirements for pers left outside. As long as they have a shelter structure in the summer and straw in the winter, that’s sufficient enough. That’s ridiculous. We need to do more as a society. Pet classes for new owners and adjusting the laws pertaining to animal care & safety would be a good start. One thing I noticed last summer while shopping at Wegmans were signs at all entrances reminding about pets left in hot cars. Maybe another option for other retailers... We have to be the voice for those who don’t have one.


Cruelty to animals should never happen, but I am wondering if that dog was forced to walk across the asphalt or if it went across without any urging. You can't always control animals.


Good point Ms. Brossart. If you can't comfortably walk on a surface barefoot, don't expect your pet to be able to do so. Reach down and touch the surface to check the temperature. This includes sidewalks, asphalt, and even beach sand.

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