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Dogs in Hot Cars

decorativeNever leave a dog (or any animal) in a hot car. Leaving a dog in a car for “just a minute” may be too long.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • On a warm day, the temperature inside of a vehicle can reach 120°F in a matter of minutes – even with the windows cracked.
  • Because dogs don’t sweat, they can’t cool themselves. Their body temperature can rise quickly and they could suffer brain damage, organ damage, or even die from heatstroke or suffocation.
  • NEVER LEAVE A DOG IN A HOT CAR!

 

IF YOU SEE A DOG IN A HOT CAR

  • Immediately call 3-1-1 or 720-913-1311 to report.
  • Note the description of the vehicle, license plate number, specific vehicle location and description of the pet.
  • Familiarize yourself with Colorado’s Good Samaritan Law to know when you can intervene.

 

COLORADO’S GOOD SAMARITAN LAW

If you see a dog in a hot car, immediately call 311 and familiarize yourself with the Good Samaritan law that provides legal immunity for people who break a car window to save an animal. However, to ensure immunity:

  • You must believe the animal is in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury.
  • The vehicle must be locked.
  • You must make a ‘reasonable effort’ to find the vehicle’s owner.
  • You must contact Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department or DAP before you enter the vehicle.
  • You cannot use more force than is necessary to free the animal.
  • If you do break a window, you must remain with the animal and on the scene until police or DAP officers arrive.

Leaving an animal in a hot vehicle constitutes animal cruelty (per Sec. 8-131 of the Denver County Ordinance) & could result in a fine of up to $999 and/or up to 300 days in jail.

If your pet must be removed from your vehicle, your window may be broken, your vehicle could be towed, and you could be responsible for emergency medical costs for your pet – in addition to a cruelty and neglect charge.


Additional Resources

Do you want to help spread the word about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars? Download the Denver Dogs in Hot Cars informational flyer in English or Spanish.

If you're looking for a visual graphic to share with your friends and colleagues, print a copy of our Dogs in Hot Cars poster

Our Dogs in Hot Cars program is adapted from the national My Dog is Cool campaign created by the group RedRover. For more information about this campaign visit mydogiscool.com

Dogs in Hot Cars tips and facts flyer

 

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