A recent law now allows Californians to rescue dogs left in hot cars.
“We’re very excited about the lives this new law will save,” Steinorth said in a statement Saturday on Facebook. “Thank you to everyone who helped us raise awareness of this serious issue and showed their support.”
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AB 797 is a bill presented by Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and others. Citizens must first call 911 to report the incident and wait for police to arrive. But if the animal is in imminent danger and will perish before authorities arrive, citizens are allowed to break windows to gain access to the vehicle and remove the dog to save its life.
Keep in mind, you must call 911 first, check all doors to see if you can gain entry first, and the dog must be in imminent danger before breaking windows. Smashing the windows of a jerk’s car may be tempting, but it’s not legal unless protocol is followed. If you call 911, the dispatcher will walk you through the legal next steps.
Never leave your dog in hot car. Temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels even on mild days. Leave your dog at home if you have to shop or run errands. According to the AVMA, temperatures can escalate in less than a hour: :
|Elapsed time||Outside Air Temperature (F)|
|> 1 hour||115||120||125||130||135||140|
- excessive thirst
- thick saliva
- heavy panting
- lack of appetite
- dark tongue
- rapid heartbeat
- bloody diarrhea
- lack of coordination
Keep your dogs safe, at home. If you wouldn’t leave a child in the car alone, don’t leave your dog. If you see a dog trapped in a hot car, notify authorities and wait for instructions. You can save a dog’s life by calling 911.