Jun 01, 2018
DENVER – As temperatures across Denver are expected to hit the high 80s today, Denver Animal Protection is reminding residents of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in hot vehicles.
Since the beginning of 2018, DAP has received 135 calls regarding dogs left inside vehicles during extreme temperatures. Leaving your pet in an overheated car could result in a summons for animal cruelty, which can result in a fine of up to $999 and/or 300 days in jail.
“Temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach 120F in a matter of minutes, even with the windows cracked,” says Alice Nightengale, Director of Denver Animal Protection. “The best way to keep your pet safe during the blisteringly hot temperatures is to leave your pet at home.”
To better illustrate the physical stress pets in hot cars experience, DAP created a 20-minute video showing how humans respond to the same conditions.
DAP also offers the following tips for protecting your pet from the summer heat:
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:
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver’s nationally-accredited public health agency, empowers Denver’s communities to live better, longer. The divisions of DDPHE are: Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of Sustainability, Office of the Medical Examiner and Public Health Inspections. In partnership with Denver Public Health, DDPHE provides quality public health services to the City and County of Denver.
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