If your dog is anything like mine, they want to go for a ride, anytime! But, if the temperature is above 65 degrees and the sun is out, it can be harmful to your pet if left in a vehicle. Even for a short period of time. Dogs do not have sweat glands, they cool off by panting and through the pads of their feet. If you are summonsed and found guilty, there is a minimum $500 fine for doing so. Also, you may be charged criminally. Don’t chance it. When in doubt, leave pets at home!
If you see an animal in distress in a vehicle, do the following:
- Get the location, color and plate number of the vehicle
- Call 911
- Stay with the vehicle until Animal Control and/or Police arrive
Stay pet smart,Bobby Silcott, Cumberland Animal Control Officer