Two people cited after dog is left locked in car

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police said they cited two people for animal neglect last week after finding an overheated dog inside a car.

Police said they were called to the Chop and Wok near Scottsdale Road and Shea Blvd. last Friday night after receiving word that a dog was locked in a car and panting heavily.

The responding officer arrived on scene just as the vehicle in question was beginning to back up.

Philip Mahr and Mara Minnai were inside the vehicle, and reportedly told the officer that they had only been inside the Chop and Wok for 10 minutes to pick up take out.

Mahr added that Minnai had come outside to check on the dog more than once.

Mahr said he did not leave the car running, but added that the dog had a water dish and the windows of the vehicle had been left open.

According to police, the officer noticed a water dish in the back of the vehicle that had been turned upside down, but there didn’t appear to be any water on the floor of the vehicle.

The officer went on to discover that Mahr and Minnai had a tab at Chop and Wok’s bar which indicated they had been at the restaurant for at least 45 minutes.

Mahr and Minnai were subsequently cited for animal neglect.

They were allowed to leave with their dog.