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DENVER - Street parking is rare and the lots have plenty of restrictions off University Boulevard and Evans Avenue.

Josh Kamin lives near DU and knows parking can be tough. Violators can face swift enforcement, so when his car was towed Friday he understood why it happened.

There was just one big problem: He had two dogs in his car. One dog was his, the other belonged to his friend. Kamin says he left them alone in the car with the windows rolled down for just a moment around 1 p.m.

"I probably wouldn't do that on a warmer day like today, but for 5 to 10 minutes doesn't seem like a problem," he said.

It turned out to be a major problem.

Rocky Mountain Recovery towed his car to Englewood in the middle of the afternoon with Kamin's dogs still inside.

"The gates were locked," Kamin said. "I see my dog in the car in the sun and the windows are open a couple of inches but at this point, it's been two and a half, three hours."

According to the Public Utilities Commission, towing companies in Colorado are required to call animal control immediately.

Rich Martin, a supervisor with Rocky Mountain Recovery, admits that is policy but said he broke the rules and left the dogs in the car for the same reason Kamin did: It was overcast, temperatures were relatively mild and he thought Kamin was already on his way.

Kamin says he rather would have dealt with animal control -- especially after seeing the dogs trapped in his towed car.

Martin says he checked on the dogs several times while the car was impounded from around 1 p.m. 4 p.m. in the afternoon.

Both dogs were okay following the incident.

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