Jul 10, 2019
As temperatures across Denver hit close to 90 today, Denver Animal Protection (DAP) is reminding residents of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in hot vehicles.
Since the beginning of 2019, DAP has received nearly 200 calls regarding dogs left inside vehicles during extreme temperatures. Leaving your pet in an overheated car could result in a summons for animal cruelty, a fine of up to $999 and/or 300 days in jail.
“Every year, dogs suffer when their owners leave them in a parked car ‘just for a second.’ But that second can stretch into minutes. And that’s all it takes for an animal to suffer heatstroke and potentially die,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “No animal or person should be left in a car during Denver’s summer months. I want people to understand just how quickly the temperature rises inside a car.”
“Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach 120F in a matter of minutes, even with the windows cracked,” said Lieutenant Josh Rolfe with Denver Animal Protection. “The best way to keep your pet safe during hot weather is to leave your pet at home.”
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. To ensure immunity: