Two days ago, a dog was left to suffer inside of a car which was parked outside of an outlet mall in Vacaville, California. Conditions outside were warm – in fact, the San Francisco Gate has reported that it was 90 degrees when the French bulldog’s owners went inside the air-conditioned building to go shopping – the dog left inside of the vehicle was unable to survive the sweltering heat and died before help arrived.
Though most people realize that the interior temperature in a parked car climbs quickly, the Vacaville Police Department used the tragic situation on June 6 as a reminder of the devastating consequences which can happen if someone chooses to ignore and/or disregard the risk:
While its owners shopped in nearby stores, a French bulldog succumbed to the stress of being in a hot car for an extended period of time. The owner stated she’d parked the vehicle in the shade and left the windows partially down.
Temperatures inside a vehicle can skyrocket to well over 120 degrees, in just 30 mins, when it is only 90 degrees, like today. Many of our days are far hotter than that! Parking near a tree and cracking a window is simply not enough. The owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
The police department’s post includes the consequences which people will face for bad decisions as well:
The owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
The police department outlined the manner in which a citizen can take matters into his/her own hands if a dog is discovered inside of a hot car:
California citizens may now receive legal immunity in certain situations, but must comply with the following requirements:
1. Determine the car is locked or there is no other reasonable method to remove the animal from the vehicle.
2. Have a reasonable and good faith belief that the animal is in imminent danger if not immediately removed.
3. Contact law enforcement prior to entering the vehicle.
4. Use no more force than necessary to enter the vehicle.
5. If the person does enter the vehicle, they must remain nearby with the animal in a safe location until law enforcement arrives. The person may not leave the scene.
Naturally, certain protections also exist for individuals who rescue children suffering in hot cars, but they are never a free pass to break windows in all situations. If you see a child or animal suffering in a hot car, please call dispatch at (707) 449-5200 and provide specific information, such as the location, vehicle description, and license plate.
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