KOMO News reported yesterday that a Tacoma woman was cited for trespassing and banned by St. Joseph’s Medical Center after she saved a dog left in a hot car.
Kathy Isaksen noticed the dog as she walked through the hospital parking lot on the way to visit her sister. The temperature outside was about 75 degrees, and Isaksen, who rescues greyhounds, determined that it was in distress.
She called 911, but while she waited for police hospital security showed up and told her the dog was fine, but when police didn’t show up (after she called 911 4 times), someone helped her get the dog out of the car and find the owner.
Unfortunately, the hospital’s response was to issue Isakson a ticket for trespassing which banned her from coming to the hospital for a year. That meant she couldn’t visit her sister.
Folks at the hospital did finally come to their senses and rescinded the ticket, so Isakson can now visit her sister again.
No one knows why the hospital overreacted, but in the future I hope they treat situations like this more rationally. Thank you to Ms. Isakson for refusing to give up on the dog.