I was parked in a tow zone (10 minutes) and walked out of the market just in time to see several tow trucks lined up, ticketing and hitching up cars. I confronted one of them and he said they had no means to contact the departing driver to let them know I was in pursuit and would be there straight away to rescue my dog before who knows what happened to him.\r
A nearby shop owner told me she has seen them tow a van away with two children inside and the parents standing right beside it. True? Probably. According to her and the DPT ""officer"" I spoke with, once the tow hitch has been strapped on there is nothing anyone can do about it because it is all part of some city sanctioned uber towing and revenue machine.\r
When I picked up my car the two guys minding the lot there had an exchange in Spanish as they handed me the paperwork and neither one of them were aware that they had a ""pero"" in the car. I can see numerous disasterous possibilities here. Occasionally airlines (Delta) and animal shelters have been known to accidentally anhilate animals due to a clerical errors, incompetence, or some other misunderstanding.\r
I assume at some point they would figure out that there was a dog inside and call animal control. On the other hand, either the tow driver or the DPT ""officer"" could have simply called the cell number I leave posted on my windshield when I am out with my dog. If they weren't part of the uber machine of course.
Pros: They bring in tons of revenue for the city. They must be building new schools with it.
Cons: Refusal to take responsibility for property they confiscated, including my dog.