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Summer in Kansas... it can be brutal, and we got an early start to the high temps this year.
As I went through the news of the week and saw that Wichita PD had to break into a car to get a dog out of it, I keep thinking, "why do people think it's ok to leave a dog in a hot car?!"
So I wanted to look into a little more and give everyone another reminder to NEVER leave your pup in the car.
The recent case in Wichita happened at the Towne West mall parking lot. Someone noticed a dog in distress locked in a hot car and called 911. The dog owner was charged with misdemeanor animal negligence according to KWCH 12.
Now let's look into how hot a car can get in certain temperatures. I did a little research and found this chart from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
You can see how quickly an 80-degree day can turn into 100 degrees inside a car.
According to the Wichita Police Department, there is a law going into effect on July 1st that gives legal protection to those who break into a locked car (via the window) to rescue an animal or person in distress.
However, there are some rules you have to follow to gain that legal protection and they are as follows...
1. Determine that the vehicle is locked or there is no other reasonable method to help the person or pet inside the hot vehicle.
2. Have good faith and reasonable belief that entry is necessary because the vulnerable person or animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm.
3. Notify law enforcement or call 911 immediately.
4. Use no more force than is necessary to enter the vehicle.
5. Remain with the vulnerable person or animal in a safe location "in reasonable proximity to the vehicle until law enforcement or a first responder arrives."
So PLEASE, don't lock your dogs (or kids for that matter) in a car. It's not going to end well for anyone involved.
Our pups are like our children, treat them with love.