With Texas temperatures rising as we enter the hottest days of summer, there are many cases when sadly, dogs are left inside a hot car. In some cases, people have seen a trapped dog and took action by breaking the pet out. While heroic, this approach can potentially lead to legal repercussions.
At Camp Bow Wow Near The Woodlands Area, we care about the well-being of all animals — inside and outside our facility. According to the Humane Society, these are a few proactive and legal steps you can take to save pets from hot cars.
Step 1: You should always identify the car by taking down its license plate number, model, make and color. These are essential details that you’ll want to have prepared in event animal control or law enforcement involvement becomes necessary.
Step 2: If the car is parked near a store, notify customer service or security guards so they can try to find the car owner through their intercom.
Step 3: If the dog seems in distressed and you don’t have time to find the owner or if the owner doesn’t respond in a caring attitude, call the non-emergency number of your local police or animal control. If you don’t have time to wait and it’s your last option, you can legally remove animals from the car under certain conditions; just make sure you know the law of your state and follow those guidelines.
Bonus Tip: You can also help Spread the word and awareness by going to AnimalSheltering.org for information, essential phone numbers ad sharing it with neighbors or any pet owners you know.
Also, keep in mind many owners do not know the dangers of leaving their pet in a hot car. It’s important to keep calm, assess the situation and not make assumptions should such a situation arise.
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