Summer Heat Not Ideal for Your Four Legged Friends

Save Animals During Extreme Weather Conditions

June 13, 2019


As the summer heat rolls into the region, remember that here in California, it’s legal to break into a hot car and save an animal that may be in danger. 

Every year, thousands of animals (mostly dogs) die of heatstroke in hot, unattended vehicles. When it’s 72 degrees outside, the interior temperature of a car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. Image what happens when temps soar over 100 degrees outside, as they often do in Northern California.  

Often times concerned citizens and law enforcement can locate the car’s owner in time to take the necessary steps to keep the animal safe. However, there are times when the owner, law enforcement or animal control are not reachable.  Minutes matter when a dog is trapped in a hot car.

Assembly Bill 797 (AB797) also applies to “conditions beyond heat, including cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause harm, danger, suffering, disability or death to the animal.”