Actress Jennifer Beals has found herself in scorching water after she was accused of leaving her pet dog inside a hot, parked car in Vancouver.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, when Beals was spotted leaving her dog inside a Ford Escape, which had California license plates. Beals, who is mostly remembered for her performance opposite Michael Nouri in 1983’s Flashdance, had actually left a part of her passenger-side window open a few inches as she went off to complete her errands.
However, this wasn’t enough for one passerby. Because, when Beals returned just five minutes later, the concerned citizen decided to confront the 51-year-old actress.
After the individual said something to Beals about the fact she had left her dog, which was described by Global News as a large “German Shepherd-type,” in the car, Beals told the person, “It’s fine. Thank you.”
According to TMZ, Beals actually told the passerby who had confronted her about leaving her dog in the car, “It’s Dunbar. It’s OK.” The person even decided to call the authorities because he believed that the dog inside was in duress. They’ve decided not to press charges against her, instead they’re simply hoping that this incident will be a reminder to Beals not to repeat it.
Speaking to Global B.C. News Hour, Marcie Moriarty, who works for BC SPCA and was presented with the evidence of Beals leaving her dog in the car, explained that just leaving the window down by a few inches wasn’t good enough. That’s because on that Wednesday, the temperature reached around 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). She stated, “In this temperature, I don’t think that would necessarily create the type of cooling effect that would ever be sufficient.”
Beals has spent plenty of time in Vancouver, Canada, as she has been shooting the TNT series Proof in the city. She is also married to Ken Dixon, a Canadian actor who co-starred with Beals in The L-Word.
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