Did you know leaving your pet inside a hot car is a crime?
It's something Chesterfield has been dealing with as these temperatures rise. Just this week, a woman was charged with animal cruelty for leaving her dog inside a parked car, which is a misdemeanor.
But animal control officials say pets in hot cars is a big issue over the summer that can not only hurt them, but get you in trouble.
Chesterfield resident Al Errington loves his Yorkies-- Tiger and Squirt.
“Man's best friends. They've been with me four years, and they're with me all the time,” he said.
Errington takes them everywhere, making sure they never stay sitting in the summer heat for too long.
“I can usually take them inside of stores except for those who have food,” said Errington.
But when he can't take them in...
“When I leave them in the car in this temperature, I leave the car running," he said.
With the AC blasting--one way to keep your pets safe.
Chesterfield County Animal Control Supervisor Donald Rose recommends you never leave your pet inside a hot parked car.
“Heat in a car can go up 30 degrees in 20 minutes time,” said Rose.
Even if you leave the windows cracked, your pet can get overheated quickly--which could lead to death.
It can also get you in trouble with the law.
“They can be charged under the cruelty statute, and there's a fine and could be jail time involved,” said Rose.
There's no set temperature in the law officials go by, but as a rule of thumb, if it's too hot for you, it's definitely too hot for your pets.
“The key is that we want people to be aware all the time that heat will take affect on their pets if they leave them in their car,” said Rose.
That’s something Errington always keeps in mind.
"Just be cautious because it's no different that with a human being being 90 degrees inside. they're living creatures and you love them and you need to take care of them."
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