Animals left in vehicles

To the Editor:

It’s time again to remind people to NOT leave your pet in your vehicle, whether you’re parking in the shade, just running into the store, or leaving the windows cracked, it’s still NOT OK to leave your pet in a parked car!

The fact is that on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 102 degrees within only 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Once the interior of the vehicle reaches 110 degrees, your pet is in danger of heatstroke, and your pet can suffer brain and organ damage after just 15 minutes. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car parked in direct sunlight can rise more 30 degrees per minute, and quickly become lethal to the animal!

Though the temperatures have been moderately warm, in the last 2 months I’ve already seen pets left in vehicles with 2 of 4 windows cracked a maximum of 4 inches with the sun beating down. Would you subject your child to this type of condition?

NYS Law 353-d states that: “A person shall not confine a companion animal in a motor vehicle during extreme hot or cold temperatures without proper ventilation or other protection from the temperate. If the owner cannot be promptly located, the law authorizes police officers to take necessary steps to remove the animal(s) from the vehicle.”

Why would any responsible pet owner leave their animal in a car while they go shopping? You never know how long you’ll be, and your pet is the one left to suffer the extreme heat in your vehicle, with the sun beating through the windows. Please be a responsible pet owner, and please leave your pet(s) at home.

If you see an animal in distress in a vehicle, please call 911.

Lisa Twiss


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