Remember Jennifer Beals? You loved her in “Flash Dance” and “The L Word” and now her new hit show “Proof” on TNT looks like a big hit, but today she’s under fire for leaving her dog in the car alone on a hot day in Vancouver, Canada. A “German-Shepherd-type dog” was seen in the passenger seat of a parked car by a concerned passerby who said the dog owner was nowhere in sight.
According to MSN Wonderwall on July 30, the passerby said the dog was alone for about five minutes when actress Jennifer Beals returned to her car and left, but not before a slight confrontation occurred. The citizen apparently gave her a bit of a reprimand and Beals said, “It’s fine” and then “Thank-you” as she got in the car to leave.
Contact Music reports Beals is speaking out today after the online outrage over this incident. The interaction between Beals and the passerby was caught on video tape, as most anything is today. When Beals tells the man that “it’s fine” to leave the dog in a car on a day like that day, the passerby tells Beals he is going to report her. This interaction between Beals and this concerned citizen is seen in the video above.
It was 80 degrees that day in the western Canadian city, which is hot enough to spike up the temperature inside the car. While Beals did leave the windows open a crack, that wasn’t enough to keep the temperature from rising inside the car, said an official with British Columbia’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The unidentified spokesperson from the animal society said, “In this temperature, I don’t think that would necessarily create the type of cooling effect that would ever be sufficient.”
Beals became the target of fury from online animal lovers and she was told in a vast array of words that leaving a dog in a car on a hot day is not fine. The actress spoke out later that day saying:
“I have loved dogs my whole life. They’ve been in my life since the day I was born. Every dog I’ve had has been a rescue. I would never ever jeopardize an animal’s safety. Ever.” She continued, “I’ve worked with dogs in obedience, agility, and shepherding training. I am not only a loving dog owner but a discerning one. The morning was a cool 73 degrees. I, and others, were wearing jackets. I rolled all four windows down and left the car for five minutes to pick up laundry, my car visible to me the entire time… I wondered why two people were congregated by my car taking pictures of my girl (dog). Proud mama thought it was because she’s so gorgeous. While I appreciate their vigilance and what must have felt like courage on their part, they were barking up the wrong tree.”
The passerby did say Beals was gone for only five minutes, so is this going overboard because a well-known actress happens to own the dog? Beals sounded very sincere in her explanation and she did have her eye on her dog the entire time she was in the dry cleaners. What do you think?