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Keep Your Furkids Cool–and Alive–This Summer, Part 2

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A recent article on the dangers of this heat to animals, found in the ASPCA Newsletter, tells you how you can help if you see a pet left in a hot car:

Rayne Nolte was in the parking lot of a Mankato, Minnesota, mall last week when she spotted Roxie, a Yorkie mix, trapped in a car. The temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 103, and the
car’s owner was gone. 
You may have found yourself in Rayne’s situation before. Many pet parents believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop but they couldn’t be more wrong.

 

 

 

“Automobile temperatures can very quickly rise to dangerous levels; the
average temperature increase in a parked car is 40 degrees, and the majority of
this increase occurs in the first 15 to 30 minutes.”   When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees after 30 minutes!

                  ~~Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital

Worse still, dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. Luckily, Rayne made all the right moves. Follow her lead by taking these simple steps.

Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent.  Roxie’s people were nowhere in sight, so Rayne called mall security, who tried to find Roxie’s family through the loudspeaker. (You can ask most stores to do this.)

Step 2: Educate.  Rayne couldn’t find Roxie’s pet parents, but if you do, explain the dangers of
leaving a pet in a hot car. Make sure the pet gets out of the car as soon as possible.

Step 3: Call 911  Fourteen states* have enacted specific laws that protect dogs in hot cars, as have
many municipalities but even in places lacking such a law, leaving an animal in a hot car may constitute cruelty. 
Rayne and the mall security officers dialed 911. When the police pulled Roxie from the steamy vehicle, she was very ill, but luckily, thanks to Rayne’s action, soon on the road to recovery.

Step 4: Pat Yourself on the Back.  Pets are counting on people like you to save their lives. Rayne rescued Roxie just in time, and she made a full recovery! And according to the Mankato Free Press, the pet-sitter who left Roxie in the car was charged with a petty misdemeanor.

Most of us don’t like to appear to be a nosey busy-body but interfering when you might save an innocent animal life is well worth the risk.

(Via KittyStoreOnline newsletter)

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California   CA PENAL § 597.7

It is illegal to leave or confine 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 or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.

Penalty:  First conviction: fine not exceeding $100 per animal.  If the animal suffers great bodily injury, a fine not exceeding $500, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding 6 months, or by both.

Any subsequent violation of this section, regardless of injury to the animal, is punishable by a fine not exceeding $500, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both.

Rescue provisions include that a peace officer, humane officer, or animal control officer is authorized to take all steps that are reasonably necessary for the removal of an animal from a motor vehicle.  He/she must leave written notice bearing his or her name and office, and the address of the location where the animal can be claimed.

 

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August 21, 2011 - Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Education | , , , ,

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