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A Dog Left in a Car on a Hot Day

I want to take a moment to talk about what happened to me the other day. I was out on a dog walk with one of my clients in Newark, CA, and on our way back to the house, we passed a car parked on the street. As we got near the car, a dog inside the car popped its head up and barked at us as we passed.

Now, this was during a period of very hot weather, and the windows were just barely cracked open. It was way to hot for a dog to be left in a car, even if the windows were all the way down, let alone just barely open.

I got very upset, but I didn’t trust the looks of the house, so I called the Newark Police Department instead so they could handle the situation. I just could not understand how anyone could think that leaving their dog in a hot car on a hot day with the windows almost all the way up was okay.

I didn’t know how well the police were going to handle the situation, but when I got to my next dog walking assignment, the Newark Police called me on my cell phone. I was surprised at how fast they acted, and they told me that the person had just “run inside for a minute” and left the dog in the car. The police lectured the person on leaving an animal in a vehicle on a hot day, and they told me that they felt the dog was probably in there longer than a few minutes. But, the dog was fine and the person listened to them and understood he or she did something wrong.

I want to commend the Newark, CA Police Department for a very quick response to a dog walkers concern, and I think they did an excellent job in seeking to protect the well being of this dog left in the car. I know most of you surely know that you cannot leave an animal in a car on a hot day. Even with the windows all the way down, a car can heat up very quickly and can cause severe heat stress to a pet, and possible death. Please take them out of the vehicle and bring them with you, or just leave your dog at home on hot days.

I usually bring my dog with me to some of my dog walking assignments, but when it is too hot out I leave him home. Just getting into a hot car is stressful enough for me to know that he should not come with me.

If you see a dog in a car when you know it is way too hot in the vehicle to be safe for the animal, please don’t hesitate to call the local police department so they can do what they can to help the animal. You may or may not feel comfortable approaching the person yourself, so it is best to let the authorities handle it.

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  • Tish Puentes June 26, 2008, 12:43 am

    Hi Richard –

    I’m so glad you called the police about the dog left in the car. That really angers me as well when I see that, but it never really occured to me to call the police about it – next time, I will. I guess I didn’t realize that would be something they would handle at all. Glad to know that it is.
    Take Care, Tish

  • Rick Delgado June 26, 2008, 9:42 pm

    Hi Tish,

    Yes, since this would, or could be an act of animal cruelty, you may call the police.
    Now, I did not call 911 however, but I called the police non-emergency phone
    number. The dog was still very active and alert so I did not think it was appropriate
    to call 911. But, if you see a dog in a hot car that is not moving and you can easily
    tell that the dog is in distress and in danger of death, then I would call 911. This
    would be an emergency and the police would go after the person who left the
    dog in that car.

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