Most people are aware that you shouldn’t leave your dog alone in a car with the windows up on a hot, sunny day. But did you know that it’s actually illegal in Marin County?
According to the Marin Humane Society’s “Too Hot for Spot” campaign, all ventilation stops when you turn off your car. In just a few minutes, your car’s interior can reach 160 degrees, even on mildly hot days. Rolling down the windows does not fix the problem – your vehicle can still hit extreme temperatures.
When an animal is in these conditions, they’re at risk for heat stroke, brain damage, and even death.
Of course, if you’re like most people, you probably knew that already. You probably also know the horrible feeling of walking through a parking lot on a summer day and spotting and unattended animal through the window of someone’s car. What should you do?
Take note of the vehicle description and license plate number and call the Marin Humane Society immediately at 415.883.4621. You can also call the local sheriff’s non-emergency number, 415.479.2311, for the Marin County Sheriff. Since leaving an animal alone in the car is illegal, law enforcement will use any means necessary to remove it.
Difficulty breathing, excessive panting, increased heart rate, drooling, weakness, and bloody stools and vomit are common signs of overheating. Keep an eye on your pooch!