The issue of pets being left in cars seems to be expanding and has gained widespread attention. Now now some states have addressed the devastating problem with their own dog in car law.
When the weather gets too hot or too cold, it’s time for pet owners to get serious about taking precautions.
Some state laws can land you in jail for the offense, depending on where you are!
An additional twelve states have added laws about leaving dogs in cars. The punishments range from fines to time in jail, depending on the pet’s condition when found.
This is a positive step toward protecting our pets.
The problem is, however, that there are only some states that allow citizens to rescue animals without risking being held accountable for any damage done the to vehicle.
Most states require a public servant or peace officer to rescue animals. While this may seem reasonable, the reality is that too much time may pass if the animal has already been sitting in the car for a while.
That being said, the US is still doing well with moving toward helping animals in need.
Even with these laws in place, some people continue to behave irresponsibly when it comes to their pets.
Dangers of Leaving a Dog in Car
To make things clear, a car’s interior reaches 20 degrees or higher than the temperature outside.
So, even on a cool summer day around 70 degrees, the car can turn into a suffocating box of around 90 degrees. This is the case even when the windows are left open a bit. Car windows actually bring heat inside and ‘cook’ the interior.
It takes just 30 minutes for car interiors to rise to over 100 degrees.
The car interior isn’t the only important factor to keep in mind. Dogs, like humans, at older or younger ages are more vulnerable to heat stroke.
In addition, overweight dogs, dogs with darker or thicker coats, and dogs with shorter muzzles are also at a higher risk.
While we know most pet lovers would never leave their dogs unattended in a hot car, it’s up to all of us to keep our eyes peeled for dogs in need, especially during the summer.
The same is true for extreme cold temperatures. Hypothermia in dogs can also be fatal.
All pets must be protected! Dogs are especially at risk because they can only cool themselves down through panting and from their paw pads. If a dog gets too hot, it could be fatal.
Dogs can only withstand their elevated body temperature for a short period of time. Beyond that, they may end up suffering from various health problems, like nerve damage, heart, liver, or brain damage and possibly death!
Dog in Car Law California
According to Patch.com:
The State of California Penal Code 597.7 states, “No person shall leave an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food and water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.”