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Hot Cars are Dangerous for Pets

During the summer months, it does not take long for a dog left unattended in a parked vehicle to be in serious danger. The summer heat is here, and when an animal is left inside a parked vehicle, the temperature can quickly rise, placing the animal in a life-threatening situation.

Leaving a pet in a hot car not only risks the animal’s life, but owners also face serious fines from Garland Animal Services. Nothing should be so important that you risk the life of your beloved companion; if you need to make a stop while driving with your pet, take the pet home first. Your four-legged companion will thank you!

Just like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from heat-related health issues such as overheating and dehydration. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked vehicle can quickly become a furnace in no time. Always carry water when traveling with your pet.

Section 22.18 of the Garland Code of Ordinances states: It shall be unlawful to leave an animal in a standing or parked vehicle without providing the animal with adequate air and protection from heat or cold. An animal left under such conditions may be impounded.

See other tips on how to keep your pet healthy and safe this summer by checking out this month’s PAWS Newsletter at GarlandAnimalServices.org.